‘Flight’ – Produced by Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey & Robert Zemeckis

Eye on the Oscars: Best Picture

ORIGINS: “In 2006, John Gatins asked us to read 40 pages of his original script, which is all he had written,” Parkes says. “While John wasn’t really sure where it was going, the sequence of Captain Whitaker landing an impossibly broken plane while drunk was as extraordinary a first act of a script as we had ever read.”

FUNDING: “It was less a hunt for backers than the challenge of attaching elements that demanded the film be made — and then making the film under very strict financial limitations.”

HIGH HURDLES: “Finding the right actor and director, and then agreeing to make the film for what seemed like an impossible price.”

DOMINO EFFECT: “I got a call from the late great agent Ed Limato, who predicted that Denzel would love the part. He was right. Six weeks later we found ourselves sitting at a restaurant in New York with Denzel; by the end of lunch, he was in.”

| HOME | ‘The Hobbit’ >>

More Scene

  • 'Seven Seconds' TV show premiere

    Regina King Talks Heaviness of Role in 'Seven Seconds'

    ORIGINS: “In 2006, John Gatins asked us to read 40 pages of his original script, which is all he had written,” Parkes says. “While John wasn’t really sure where it was going, the sequence of Captain Whitaker landing an impossibly broken plane while drunk was as extraordinary a first act of a script as we […]

  • UnReal Athena Film Festival

    How Trump Beating Clinton Impacted the Gender Politics of 'UnReal' Season 3

    ORIGINS: “In 2006, John Gatins asked us to read 40 pages of his original script, which is all he had written,” Parkes says. “While John wasn’t really sure where it was going, the sequence of Captain Whitaker landing an impossibly broken plane while drunk was as extraordinary a first act of a script as we […]

  • 'Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and

    'Unsolved' Stars Point Out Racial Injustice in Biggie and Tupac Murder Cases

    ORIGINS: “In 2006, John Gatins asked us to read 40 pages of his original script, which is all he had written,” Parkes says. “While John wasn’t really sure where it was going, the sequence of Captain Whitaker landing an impossibly broken plane while drunk was as extraordinary a first act of a script as we […]

  • Esquire 'Mavericks of Hollywood' party

    Terry Crews on His Sexual Assault Lawsuit: 'If I Don’t Get Justice, Nobody Can'

    ORIGINS: “In 2006, John Gatins asked us to read 40 pages of his original script, which is all he had written,” Parkes says. “While John wasn’t really sure where it was going, the sequence of Captain Whitaker landing an impossibly broken plane while drunk was as extraordinary a first act of a script as we […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content