This feels how-are-the-mighty fallen to me. Does Zemeckis need cash? Is he being nice to his new Universal partners? I don't get it. Zemeckis is a big-deal A-list director who granted, did lose his lucrative Disney Imageworks deal after the ignominious flop "Mars Needs Moms" ($40 million worldwide). He has been accustomed to working on a far grander scale than $35-million "Flight," whose star Denzel Washington is in the awards season fray for best actor kudos. Zemeckis earned respect from his peers for making that risky move into live-action drama.
"Death Becomes Her" was a modest hit in its day ($207 million worldwide) with innovative visual effects, starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as two rivals fighting to achieve eternal youth. How does a one-hour TV remake advance the cause for anyone?