‘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’ >>

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety

Loading