Robert Zemeckis Sets Next Film For 2018


Rumors had come out last week that director Robert Zemeckis would be helming The Flash for the DC Extended Universe of films. I almost wrote about this when it came out, but frankly, I didn’t really believe the news. Turns out, I was right, as Zemeckis has nailed down the date of November 21, 2018 for his next film which doesn’t seem like it will feature any fast spandex boys.

The film that Zemeckis will actually be making will be a narrative adaptation of the 2010 Jeff Malmberg documentary, Marwencol. The description of the documentary via IMDb states: “After a vicious attacks leaves him brain-damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in “Marwencol”, a 1/6th scale World War II-era town he creates in his backyard.”

In this upcoming Robert Zemeckis adaptation of Marwencol, the role of Mark Hogancamp is currently set to be played by Steve Carrell. This, of course, will follow on the heels of films like The Big Short and (primarily) Foxcatcher, which have been changing the perception of the comedic actor and expanding his range.

Not only that, but this documentary adaptation comes not long after Robert Zemeckis’ earlier documentary adaptation, The Walk, which was originally Man On Wire. Clearly, he has an affinity for remaking documentaries as narrative features, but the 2014 Joseph Gordon-Levitt feature worked for me, so I’m down.

The Flash, on the other hand, has already lost two directors that HAD signed on to the project, in addition to not being able to land Zemeckis. The Ezra Miller-led superhero flick is going to have to pray for Justice League success so that someone finally accepts the job.

What do you think about this new Robert Zemeckis project? Would you rather have him direct The Flash? Let us know what your stance is on this, and then watch the trailer for Marwencol below.

Nick Potter

Co-founder of The Filmsmiths. Degree in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts with a minor in Cinema Studies from Central Michigan University. Pretty much the barbecue sauce of people but I'm doing my best.

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