Robert Zemeckis

Birth Name: 
Robert Lee Zemeckis
Monday, May 14, 1951
Birth Place: 
Chicago, Illinois, USA
6' 0"

A "whizkid" with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect vehicles (Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and Back to the Future (1985)). Although these films are made purely for entertainment, with rarely much character development or a thoughtful plot, they are good fun. His later films, though, have become more serious and thoughtful, with the hugely successful Tom Hanks vehicle Forrest Gump (1994) and the Jodie Foster film Contact (1997), both critically acclaimed movies. Again, these films incorporate stunning effects. Robert has proved he can work a serious story around great effects, a feat many directors cannot achieve. (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

-WON 1995 - Best Director (Forrest Gump)
-NOMINATED 1986 - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Back to the Future)


Disney Cancels Zemeckis' Yellow Submarine Remake

When he looks back over his life, we’d have to guess that this will not go down as Robert Zemeckis’ favourite week. He started it off watching the latest performance capture ‘toon he produced, Mars Needs Moms, crash and burn and the box office.... Read more

Robert Zemeckis will live a Dark Life underwater

It seems like Robert Zemeckis isn't too sore with Disney for shutting down his performance capture studio last month.... Read more

Disney pulls plug on Zemeckis' motion capture company

It doesn't look like filmmaker Robert Zemeckis will get the chance to keep improving his "performance capture" animation process. At least not on Disney's dime.... Read more

Disney's 'A Christmas Carol' train tour winding down

Shakefire had a chance to exclusively view Disney's A CHRISTMAS CAROL train tour when it made it's stop in Savannah, GA last week.  As the tour winds down to it's 40th and final stop November 1 in New York, Pandora goes in depth about the event, complete with video and images in her latest blog e... Read more

Beatles' 'Yellow Submarine' Remake In The Works

Robert Zemeckis is in negotiations to direct a remake of "Yellow Submarine" for Disney. "Submarine" was a 1968 animated feature based on music by the Beatles. It was produced by United Artists and King Features Syndicate.... Read more


Flight (BLU-RAY)

Despite the prominence of it in the trailer and all the marketing, Flight, starring Denzel Washington, is not about a plane crash.... Read more

AFI's Master Class: The Art of Collaboration (PREVIEW)

On January 14, TCM will present the third episode in their AFI's Master Class - The Art of Collaboration series with director Robert Zemeckis and cinematographer Don Burgess as guests.... Read more


Robert Zemeckis has spent the last decade directing computer animated motion-capture films, but he returns to live action cinema with the gripping plane crash of Flight.... Read more

A Christmas Carol (BLU-RAY)

The budget Disney set for A Christmas Carol was really seemingly so high for 2 reasons; 1) Hopes that it would live on every Christmas like The Polar Express, which took a few years to earn it's budget back and/or 2) To "take one for the team" and advance the digital technology a little further. ... Read more

Back To The Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy (BLU-RAY)

What’s there to be said about this trilogy that hasn’t already been said? If you haven’t seen it, chances are good you’ve seen some sort of cultural tribute to it. It’s just that powerful. And it’s wild to finally see it out on Blu-Ray. It’s funny, goofy, adventurous and a ton of fun.... Read more