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Robert Zemeckis Developing a Future in TV

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No, it’s not the long-awaited live-action ‘Back to the Future‘ TV series, but… wait, is anyone actually anticipating that? Why hasn’t anyone tried that yet? Where were we? Oh, right. As TV becomes more and more of a haven for the Hollywood elite, acclaimed ‘Back to the Future’ and ‘Forrest Gump’ director Robert Zemeckis has just inked a major deal to start developing TV series for Fox TV Studios, but where will he start? Will he look to the future, or simply back?

According to Deadline, both ‘Back to the Future’ writer/director Robert Zemeckis and his producing partner at ImageMovers Jack Rapke have just signed major deals to develop and produce original programming for cable. ImageMovers, created by Zemeckis, Rapke and partner Steve Starkey has a number of film hits under its belt, but to date has only made one venture into TV with Showtime’s period drama ‘The Borgias.’

Says Fox TV Studios president David Madden of the announcement:

Bob and Jack are a rare breed, as gifted and accomplished creatively as they are in production; we are excited and determined to make them as much of a dynamic brand in television as they are in film.

Madden also made note of the fact that he and Zemeckis previously worked together on the 1984 Zemeckis film ‘Romancing the Stone,’ joking that “we’re looking optimistically back to the future.” Zemeckis previously worked with television not only on ‘The Borgias,’ but also on the ‘Back to the Future’ animated series, as well as executive producing HBO anthology series ‘Tales From the Crypt’ and ‘Perversions Of Science.’

What say you? Do you think Zemeckis will make a good fit on TV, or are his talents best utilized on the big screen? What kind of shows will the director work on? Give us your best pitches in the comments below!

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