Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis is set to direct a film based on the 2010 documentary Marwencol. The Flight director will helm the movie adaptation, which tells the story of Mark Hogancamp, a man who combated memory loss he suffered after he was attacked by a group of teenagers, by building a scale-model WWII-era town. Zemeckis is eyeing Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The sequels are coming! The sequels are coming! Okay, maybe it’s not quite on par with Paul Revere’s warning of the attacking British – but to film fans, it should be. Just when you thought it was safe again to enter your friendly-neighborhood multiplex (and possibly see something original) Hollywood is developing a whole slew of sequels in the hopes of capturing some of that old magic – and more pointedly, old box office. Still, as much as many are looking forward to new the Star Wars, the next Blade Runner or maybe even another go-round with Indiana Jones, several more movies are rumored to be on the horizon that no self-respecting fan should be placing on their respective must-see movie calendar.
If there’s something smelly – in your multiplex – who ya gonna blame? Dan Aykroyd! Yes, the same man who ruined the Blues Brothers with an inferior sequel is developing Ghostbusters III – reportedly without Bill Murray. Now that’s scary.
Austin Powers 4
Let’s hope this idea finds that cryogenic-freezing chamber the shagadelic super-spy initially himself in. Surely, this entry would be anything but groovy, baby, especially in that the character hasn’t been funny in, oh, 16 years.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2
Look for CGI to replace the traditional animation on this one and for Disney or some other studio to eventually crank out yet another multi-million dollar franchise. Reportedly Robert Zemeckis is pushing hard for it.
Hoo-boy. Crank up the light cycles (and grab yourself a strong cup of coffee) it looks like Tron is coming back. Let’s hope a good story actually accompanies a slick look this time out.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure 3
Could the career of Keanu Reeves really slip so far as this? Co-star Alex Winter is telling everyone the movie will eventually get shot. Maybe Reeves took too many blue Matrix pills to believe this to be a good professional choice. Whoa.
There is nothing like time travel in a movie to get your head spinning. Who is going where and what happens when they get to the future and how does that impact the past? It's enough to make your head hurt and nose bleed (that's why they called it "time travel sickness" on Lost).
The mysterious Mr. Dalliard made this awesome graphic of the ways that people have traveled through time, what that means for them, and just how they did it. Hopefully this makes the journey through time a little bit easier to swallow:
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The Oscar-winning actor plays a troubled pilot in the new drama and he was so desperate to get the film made, he took home a fraction of his usual multi-million dollar salary.
Washington reveals director Robert Zemeckis also took a huge pay cut as they struggled to land financing for the film.
He tells Deadline.com, "It was not a struggle to get it made, but the studio wanted to do it for a price, and we ended up with (about) $28 million, and Robert Zemeckis made it look like $100 million, especially the plane sequence. So he and I threw our money back in the pot, took a tenth of our salaries... It's a tenth of my salary. You do the math (sic)...
"Nowadays the studios are tightening their belts, and they knew it was a project we wanted to do. And I think they were smart, they said, 'Look, we don't want to spend more than, whatever it was, $28 million, $30 million.' And neither of us wanted to walk away from it, so we did it."
The Polar Express director had been connected to the project while Dick Cook was the chairman of Disney, but he has stepped down, claiming he wants to be more selective with the films he makes over the remainder of his career.
Zemeckis tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm not going to do Yellow Submarine... and I don't want to do any remakes. You're behind the eight ball from the get-go.
"And how many movies have I got left in me, really? I'm getting kind of old. So I don't think I should take those years out of my life and do a remake."
Oscar-winning moviemaker Robert Zemeckis will be honoured with the Founder's Award at the 48th Chicago International Film Festival on Thursday (25Oct12) for his new movie Flight, which stars Denzel Washington as a functioning alcoholic pilot. The movie closes the Chicago festival on Thursday.
The Canadian star has come a long way since he sealed his place in pop culture with his role as time-travelling Marty McFly in Back To The Future and his career has gone on to span more than five decades.
Fox started as a child actor on TV and later became a poster boy for the 1980s with a role in hit show Family Ties, as well as his star turn in the time-travel franchise and parts in popular movies such as 1985's Teen Wolf.
He turned back to TV in the 1990s with a lengthy stint on hit sitcom Spin City, before bowing out to spend more time with his family following his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease. He has become an active campaigner for other sufferers in recent years and been lauded for his extensive charity work.
To mark his landmark birthday and celebrate his stellar achievements, WENN has gone back in time to dig up 10 fascinating facts about the fantastic Mr. Fox.
- Fox was not the first Marty McFly in Back To The Future - Eric Stoltz was originally cast in the role, but was replaced by Fox after four weeks of filming at the request of director Robert Zemeckis
- In his early career, Fox landed a role in longrunning TV show Family Ties which had originally been ear-marked for Matthew Broderick, who was unavailable
- Fox met his future wife, actress Tracy Pollan, while working on Family Ties. They married in 1988
- The actor is father to four children, Sam, 22, twins Aquinnah and Schuyler, 16, and Esme, nine
- He has released three books telling his life story - Lucky Man: A Memoir (2002), Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist (2009) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned (2010)
- The high school he attended in British Columbia has a theatre named after him
- He won a Grammy Award last year (10) in the Best Spoken Word Album category for his audio book, Always Looking Up: Adventures of An Incurable Optimist
- Fox's list of awards include five Emmys, four Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards
- Last month (May11) he became an Officer of the Order of Canada for his charity work.
After a rough couple of weeks in which Robert Zemeckis' most recent production tanked at the box office and had his upcoming remake of Yellow Submarine canceled, the Oscar winning filmmaker is taking note of these debacles and will finally contemplate a return to live-action projects. Deadline reports that he's in talks with Paramount Pictures to helm Flight, a character study revolving around a commercial airline pilot named Whip Whitaker whose plane almost crashes but is saved thanks to his heroic skills. Instantly hailed as a hero, an investigation into the cause of the incident reveals that he was flying under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The story then follows the pilot's journey as he is encouraged to embrace his new reputation that he thinks he doesn't deserve, all while the pilot's union and airline try to keep the facts under cover because of the high stakes involved.
John Gatins, who wrote the Zemeckis-produced Real Steel (and was just hired to script a sequel to the October release), penned the screenplay and wanted to direct, but now that the man behind Forrest Gump and Contact is interested in the project Paramount is hotly pursuing him. Denzel Washington is loosely attached to play the pilot, and I'd be very interested to see the two-time Oscar-winner return to more grounded fare (I don't know about you, but if I see another Tony Scott/Denzel Washington collaboration I'll probably throw myself in front of one of the trains at the center of their last two films). Likewise, this would be the first time that Zemeckis would step on a physical set in a decade after helming performance-capture pictures like The Polar Express and Beowulf; an enticing prospect in and of itself.
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing. A decision is expected soon as the studio hopes to begin filming later this year for a possible late 2012 release.
Now I know that gnomes have been kind to Walt Disney Pictures, with Gnomeo and Juliet taking off at the box office this February, but that doesn't mean that Sony Pictures Animation should jump on the bandwagon. Especially if the studio plans on letting Robert Zemeckis anywhere near a project that will feature cutesy animated characters. The Oscar winning filmmaker's last effort, the atrocious Mars Needs Moms, bombed right out of the gate causing Disney to boot him from the lot and cancel his developing Yellow Submarine remake.
Now SPA wants him to join their ranks with an adaptation of Chuck Sambuchino's novel "How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack", which is in the vein of "How To Survive The Robot Uprising" and "The Zombie Survival Guide" in that it details a plan to outlast the invasion of the titular characters. The adaptation is described as an R-rated, live-action/CG-hybrid budgeted in the $20 million-$30 million range. He'll produce, but hasn't committed to directing as he's weighing his options carefully. No writer has been hired yet.
It's a wise move for SPA to keep costs down on this one, because Zemeckis is just not the reliable moneymaker he once was. As a modestly budgeted novelty flick, it could work but personally I'm done with him as a filmmaker until he returns to more grounded fare. He's often worked in genre, having helmed classics like the Back to the Future trilogy, Romancing The Stone and What Lies Beneath, but I long for the days of Forrest Gump, Contact and Castaway. This farce is not worth his time, Sony's or yours.
The Walt Disney/Robert Zemeckis connection has been terminated. The Hollywood Reporter says that late yesterday the Mouse House decided to permanently dock the Oscar-winning director's planned remake of The Beatles' beloved 1968 film Yellow Submarine, which was announced in August 2009 before his take on A Christmas Carol failed to make miraculous amounts of cash. On the heels of a $6.9 million opening weekend for his latest production, the sci-fi family film Mars Needs Moms, the studio has apparently had enough of his shenanigans.
It's no surprise, really. In May 2010, after the grim reality that A Christmas Carol was an official flop became clear, Disney shut down Zemeckis' ImageMovers shingle and was letting the fate of Yellow Submarine rest on the commercial performance of Mars Needs Moms, which cost $150 million just to produce. Two back-to-back big-budget bombs for any filmmaker is enough to cause panic, and the fact that he couldn't get the Beatles' heirs in a room for a key presentation of test footage after a canceled date in December (which was never rescheduled) just compounded the negativity. Disney is simply acting according to procedure with today's move.
Zemeckis' Yellow Submarine was to employ the same performance capture technology he'd used on The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol and was set to star Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell. Though getting kicked off of the Disney lot is a major setback, THR notes that the filmmaker is now free to shop the project around to other studio's, though I can't imagine any company biting after the rocky returns on his recent films. Zemeckis is said to have fled Tinsel Town for Montana, where he'll regroup and decide what his next move is.
My two cents for Mr. Z? Enough with the mo-cap movies. Get back to live-action filmmaking. This is the guy who made Back To The Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump and Contact. The Polar Express was good and all and I love Beowulf, but the process is just too expensive to justify putting all that energy into. The longer he stays in animated territory, the more clout he loses. There's a wealth of good scripts out there just dying to get produced; a man with as much pedigree as Zemeckis should look to reinvent himself once again as this performance-capture chapter of his career comes to a close.