Robert Zemeckis is said to be eyeing an original script called Flight for his next project, Deadline reports.
The film, written by John Gatins (Real Steel), tells the story of a pilot who, when disaster strikes, manages to land a plane and becomes hailed as a hero. When investigation into the disaster occurs, though, details come to light that paint the supposed hero in a less than glorious light.
The project, set up at Paramount, would mark a return to live-action for Zemeckis, something he hasn’t approached since 2000’s Cast Away, opting instead to direct performance capture films like Beowulf and A Christmas Carol.
If Zemeckis takes Flight, it would likely begin production immediately, taking precedence over a number of other potential projects the director has lined up, including the time travel film Timeless, a sequel to his Who Framed Roger Rabbit and a CGI/live action hybrid How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.