Today in Headline Puns: Denzel Washington to Take ‘Flight’ for Robert Zemeckis

By  · Published on September 9th, 2011

Man, sometimes these things just write themselves! Paramount Pictures has just sent over what will be Friday’s last gasp casting announcement before we all go home for the weekend and watch Unstoppable or The Taking of Pelham 1–2–3 or something similar on a loop because, duh, that’s what weekends are for. And if that’s how you’re spending your weekends, have I got a treat for you! Denzel Washington is set to star in another film about mass transportation! Can we just get that Speed reboot going now, just to round out his resume?

Washington will star in Robert Zemeckis’ Flight for Paramount, proving that no one knows how to steer things like Denzel. Written by John Gatins (who most recently penned Real Steel – man, this guy loves technology!), the film will star Washington as “a commercial airline pilot who pulls off a heroic feat of flying in a damaged plane, saving 98 lives on a flight carrying 106 people. While the world begs to embrace him as a true American Hero, the everyman struggles with this label as he is forced to hold up to the scrutiny of an investigation that brings into question his behavior the night before the doomed flight.”

So it’s basically the story of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger with a hefty dose of self-reflection and probably a bunch of awkward Today Show appearances and likely a big secret reveal round the hour and fiften minute mark? Eh, I could be on board for this one (see what I did there?), so long as the film’s marketing provides me with ample opportunity to crack wise about bags of peanuts, mini bottles of vodka, and the inherent price of 15-minute celebrity on the average human being.

The film will be the first teaming of Zemeckis and Washington (which is actually kinda cool), and Zemeckis’ return to live-action features (thank heaven above).

Flight is set to start shooting next month in Atlanta.