A Deadline exclusive reveals that Robert Zemeckis, who hasn’t directed a live-action film since Cast Away in 2000, may be plotting a return to the format with time travel picture Timeless. Hit the break for the full story.
Although there’s not much more information at the moment. We don’t know anything about Timeless except that it’ll involve time travel. The movie will be apparently be penned by screenwriter Mike Thompson, who has written a few upcoming movies, and…not much else. 2009’s Love Happens, starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart, was scripted by him, but apart from that and some episodes of TV series John Doe, he hasn’t done a lot until recently. There’s not much to gauge him by yet, so let’s just hope he knows what he’s doing. Deadline has more details on the business side of things.
Since Cast Away, Zemeckis has helmed The Polar Express, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol, and the Yellow Submarine remake, to be released in 2012 – all projects utilising CGI mo-cap techniques. While I love The Polar Express (for all its uncanny valleys), Beowulf didn’t blow me away, and it seemed possible that Zemeckis had lost some of the magic that encapsulated his films prior to this slew of animated movies.
Also rumoured to be one of the group of directors circling the upcoming Superman reboot, I heartily welcome the man’s return to live-action. Cast Away, Forrest Gump and the Back to the Future trilogy are all fantastic, and Contact is one of my all-time favourite sci-fi movies. Can Zemeckis recapture some of that old charm?