If the title Marwencol sounds familiar to you, that’s because Robert Zemeckis’ next project is a narrative feature adaptation of the 2010 documentary of the same name. That film was a hit on the festival circuit before finding a bigger audience on Netflix Instant (sorry, it’s no longer available), and now Zemeckis will bring that story to an even wider audience with the help of Steve Carell.
Robert Zemeckis has been turning things around with his last couple of films following a trio of CG-heavy features, criticized for their “uncanny valley” quality. First there was the Academy Award-nominated ‘Flight,’ and up next is ‘The Walk,’ the thrilling story of real-life high-wire artist Philippe Petit, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. After that? Zemeckis has already lined up his next project, with mega star Brad Pitt.
If you’ve seen James Marsh’s Academy Award-winning documentary ‘Man on Wire,’ you’re familiar with the story of Philippe Petit, the high-wire walker who performed the insanely dangerous feat of traveling, via tightrope, between the two towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. If you haven’t seen ‘Man on Wire,’ you’ll have a new opportunity to learn Petit’s story when ‘The Walk,’ Robert Zemeckis’ fictionalized version of Petit’s book ‘To Reach the Clouds,’ opens next fall.
Over the last couple of days, rumors have been swirling that the folks at Warner Bros. have offered Christopher Nolan the director’s chair for the adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel ‘Ready Player One.’ While it seems pretty unlikely that Nolan would take the job, a few more names have emerged, also reportedly on WB’s director shortlist: Robert Zemeckis, Edgar Wright (of course), Peter Jackson, and Matthew Vaughn.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on top of the world with his 'HitRecord' TV show and an upcoming 'Sandman' film with Warner Bros. go-to scribe David Goyer, but now he'll be soaring to new heights. Robert Zemeckis' latest endeavor, a film based on the memoir 'To Reach the Clouds,' has tapped Levitt to play the real-life death-defying man who walked between the World Trade Center towers on a wire.
Though the latest round of Young Adult adaptations have mostly been misses ('Beautiful Creatures,' 'The Host,' 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'), the success of the 'Twilight' and 'Harry Potter' adaptations means that Hollywood will keep returning to that well. Now the genre could produce its biggest (or at least most prestigious) title yet: Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis is in talks to helm the first book in the 'Chaos Walking' series from a script written by Oscar winner Charlie Kaufman.
While a number of cable networks across the board have set their sights on developing more original programming, Bravo is dead set on the dark. Previously we'd heard that the network had its eye on developing a TV sequel series to the classic 'Heathers,' but now it seems the talk has turned to another classic, similarly morbid film. Both Bravo and director Robert Zemeckis have turned their heads toward breathing life into 'Death Becomes Her,' but will it leave us feeling holed?
The Budweiser brewing company is learning a valuable lesson about free publicity. 'Flight,' which hit theaters this past weekend to an impressive $25 million at the box office, is facing some drama with the Anheuser-Busch beer company in light of the fact that the product placement of Budweiser can arguably be linked to drunk driving. Talk about a big whoops!
Insert your own "the prodigal son has returned" joke here, but there's no denying how exciting it is that director Robert Zemeckis has finally released himself from his experimental motion capture prison and is back to making real movies. His first live action film since 'Cast Away' in 2000, 'Flight' premiered to positive reviews at the New York Film Festival and looks like it may be a big player in the upcoming awards season. But you're here because a new clip has been released from the film, so scroll on down!
It's safe to say that we were all a bit bummed when Bob Hoskins announced his retirement. He gave us such classic characters from movies like 'Hook,' 'Enemy at the Gates' and, of course, the iconic 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' But none seemed more disappointed than director Robert Zemeckis and not just because he was a fan of Hoskins' work, either. Turns out that a 'Roger Rabbit 2' is actually ready to go with a completed script.