You’ll recall that last month, there was a rumour going around that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment were courting legendary filmmaker Robert Zemeckis to helm their very much troubled movie about The Flash. Those rumours were somewhat quickly (no pun intended) dismissed saying that Zemeckis took *a* meeting with the studio, and there was no kind of courtship going on, but a good idea is a good idea, and sometimes you can’t make a good idea go away so easily. And that’s why there’s renewed hype this morning in an exclusive report that not only is Warners/DC chasing Zemeckis, they actually want him to do it. (more…)
Even though there’s already one incarnation of the Flash is still racing around multiple universes on the CW, DC is no stranger to the concept of simultaneous dimensions and, as such, are creating a whole new Flash on the big screen. Ezra Miller‘s portrayal of the scarlet speedster has already made a cameo in Justice League, but his own story has so far proven elusive. At the moment, his solo movie is due for release in 2020, but there is a lot left to do in that time before it’ll be ready to go. (more…)
Puente Hills Mall in Industry, California was the mall parking lot used in the filming of Back to the Future. Director Robert Zemeckis renamed it Twin Pines Mall and the rest is history. Fans still make pilgrimages to the site, and you can still see black tape (scorch) marks in the parking lot that commemorate the firey path Doc Brown’s DeLoeran took into the past. This month the mall, and many BTTF fans are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. Including the signage pictured above. (more…)
It’s one of the questions that people love to ask and love to think about the answer to: what if? Many movies, novels, and TV shows have been created around that simple premise, and things get even more detailed when the question is extended to what if something that actually happened might have happened a different way? As we approach “Back to the Future Day” – October 21, 2015, the destination date that Doc Brown set the DeLorean to travel into the future (but not the film’s release anniversary date, that’s July 3, FYI) – the love-fest for the film trilogy is reaching an all-time high, and deservedly so. It also has cast and crew talking about the experience like they never have before; long silent on the topic, director and co-writer Robert Zemeckis has finally decided to share more insight on one of the most famous what if scenarios surrounding Back to the Future: what if Michael J. Fox hadn’t played the role of Marty McFly?
In a bleak movie universe where everything is up for grabs in the form of a remake or a reboot, one movie franchise will remain untouched, and unsullied, and that franchise is Back to the Future. The year 2015 is an important year for BTTF, as it’s the 30th anniversary of the original movie and the setting for the first act of Back to the Future Part II. And although flying cars, self-drying clothes, and hoverboards have yet to come to pass, we, as a culture, are super-obsessed with the 80s and movie sequels in the 3-D. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that co-writer and director Robert Zemeckis, in another act of prescience, made it so that a remake of Back to the Future can’t happen till after he’s dead. (more…)
A previous report that Christopher Nolan was being eyed to direct an adaptation of the popular Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One was only partially right. As it turns out, Nolan’s is one of a number of marquee filmmakers who are on the studio’s shortlist to make the movie version of the award-winning book. Warner Bros., who is developing the adaptation and, frankly, are hungry for a new franchise, see potential gold in an idea that’s been described as one part Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, one part The Matrix, and one part The Da Vinci Code. So who all is looking to be recruited? And is one of them ready to step into the world of Ready Player One? Buckle your seat belts, because there’s some pretty provocative names on the list. (more…)
We don’t have flying cars, we don’t have self-tying shoes and – dammit – we don’t have pizzas that cook in under thirty seconds. We have been lied to.
The technology I’m referring to is from Robert Zemeckis’s Back To The Future Part II of course. In it, Marty McFly heads to the year 2015 and experiences a world unlike the one we currently live in. So how far off are we from the wild universe Zemekis created? A new Kickstarter project is going to find out.
Remember Who Framed Roger Rabbit? It was a landmark film directed by Robert Zemeckis, seamlessly combining live-action and animation and was awarded four Oscars, including one for special achievement, for its efforts. Naturally, there’s always been talk of a sequel, but 25 years on there’s no sign of any follow-up coming to our multiplexes. However, that’s not to say that there’s not some kind of Roger Rabbit sequel in our future…
In 1985 Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale created the first in what would become known as the Back to the Future film trilogy, but not everybody knows what happened during shooting. A month in, star Eric Stoltz, the original Marty McFly, was replaced with young upstart Michael J. Fox and production went on, later making Fox a household name. That decision never sat well with Gale and became the idea behind Back to Back to the Future, the latest comic book from writer and creator David Guy Levy.
Last week we caught up with David for a quick Q&A to discuss everything Back to Back to the Future. Here he talks about the project’s humble beginnings, what it has become now and what lesson David would like people to get out of reading his creation. Along the way we also talk about the art of Back to Back to the Future artist Jeffery Spokes and the special connection David has to the Young Storytellers Foundation.
Check out the interview after the jump.
For years, Robert Zemeckis has been hinting at the possibility of a sequel to his 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Talks, teases and rumors… it’s all been hogwash and hootenanny, really.
In 2010, however, Zemeckis revealed that a sequel was officially in motion. Zemeckis had been going around saying he had a good idea in mind, and that original screen writers were working on a script. Zemeckis also mentioned that he’d been discussing the film with Bob Hoskins to reprise his role as the toon hating detective Eddie Valiant.
Promise of a sequel quickly fizzled out when, last summer, it was announced Bob Hoskins retired from acting due to the onset of Parkinson’s disease. Bummer… but wait!
Robert Zemeckis’ long time producing partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey attended the London premiere of Flight the other night, and were asked about Roger Rabbit 2. Hoskin health issues be damned, because they said a sequel is still in the works. The two producers said the following:
Steve Starkey: That [Roger Rabbit] sequel is going to get made. Trust me. Yeah, we have a great script and we’re just trying to pull it together and see if we can pull it off but we’re ready to go. If somebody says Go, we’re there.
It’s troublesome [but] we last had lunch with [Bob Hoskins]… we’ll figure out a way. With digital technology there’s always a way to get a guy on his feet.
Jack Rapke: And he’s ready to do it. He’s ready to do it.
Well, alright then. Back on track, right? Well… maybe not.
Zemeckis was also at the premier, and was also asked about the status of the sequel. He’s comments were a little less promising.
Robert Zemeckis: No, there won’t be a sequel.
So, the Roger Rabbit sequel is definitely going to get made. Meanwhile, there absolutely won’t be a Roger Rabbit sequel. I’m confused lol.
Either Zemeckis knows something Starky and Rapke (their names sound like buddy cops) don’t know, or he’s lying. Perhaps he’s trying to get reporters to stop asking him about it?