Robert Zemeckis has had a decade-long hiatus from live-action films (his last was 2000's 'Cast Away'), concentrating on performance-capture and animated movies such as 'The Polar Express,' 'A Christmas Carol' and the recent dud 'Mars Needs Moms.' Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the director is in negotiations to helm 'Flight,' a drama for Paramount that has Denzel Washington loosely attached to star. The film centers on an alcoholic and drug-addicted pilot who becomes a hero when his airliner gets into trouble and he saves the plane and its passengers from disaster.
More casting on the 'The Hunger Games' front: Newcomer Willow Shields has nabbed the role of Prim, a pivotal role in the first book of Suzanne Collins' trilogy. She joins Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, a youthful gladiator in a post-Apocalyptic America, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin, Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg. Elizabeth Banks is also in talks to join the Gary Ross-directed film in the role of Effie Trinket, Katniss' handler. [THR]