Yesterday, we reported on a rumor from Screen Junkies. Said rumor stated that Robert Zemeckis, who directed such big classics as Back to the Future and Forrest Gump, was in early talks to enter the DC Extended Universe and helm the trouble Flash movie. When last we heard, following the departure of Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, Warner Bros was still in search for a director for that superhero standalone film. Zemeckis taking over would have fallen in line with the studio’s strategy of taking big A-list directors and throwing them at a superhero movie.
The report was tentative at best, and the panelists delivering the news made sure to state that there was very much the possibility that Zemeckis could drop out of the project, and it sounds like that’s exactly what happened.
According to Variety, Universal and Amblin have dated Zemeckis’ next movie for November 21, 2018. The film will star Steve Carrell, and it is based on a true story. Here’s how the outlet describes the flick.
“The project had been going by the running title Marwencol, and is based on the true story of a man who — after being brutally attacked — finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.”
The “unique and beautiful” outlet, it turns out, is a 1/6th scale WWII-era town that he creates in his backyard. It sounds strange, but if you aren't sold, take a look at the trailer for the documentary -- on which this film is based -- above.
Working with Zemeckis on the script is Caroline Thompson, who wrote such films as The Nightmare Before Christmas, City of Ember, and most notably, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.
Based on the description, and based on the documentary on which the film is based, this seems like a natural trend in Zemeckis’ more recent grounded pictures that he’s made (Flight, The Walk). This does come as a bit of a disappointment. While there are still plenty of great directors who can bring The Flash to life, I was very much looking forward to seeing a return to the fun popcorn film for Zemeckis.
Oh well. Maybe next time.
What do you think of this? Are you disappointed Zemeckis won’t be directing The Flash, or are you far more interested in this Marwencol project? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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