Creator: Robert Zemeckis

Academy Award-winning director of the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Forrest Gump, Robert Zemeckis started off as a protégé of Steven Spielberg in The Seventies. Zemeckis and his writing partner Bob Gale (they were collectively known as The Bobs) wrote several cult films which flopped during this time, including I Wanna Hold Your Hand (directed by Zemeckis), 1941 (directed by Spielberg) and Used Cars (directed by Zemeckis).

Zemeckis first hit it big in The Eighties directing the light-hearted adventure film Romancing the Stone. He followed it up with Back to the Future (which The Bobs had written a few years before, but couldn't get made) and Roger Rabbit. At the end of the decade, The Bobs made sequels to Back to the Future to please Universal's executives. Starting in The Nineties, Zemeckis went on to direct more "serious" fare such as Forrest Gump, Contact and Cast Away.

At the Turn of the Millennium, Zemeckis made several animated films with performance capture technology, giving us The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol (2009). Responses to these films are mixed, mostly due to how disturbing they all looked, and this phase of his career is now considered his Dork Age. After the box office cataclysm that was Mars Needs Moms caused his studio to shut down, he then had to head back to live-action cinema. In 2012 he released Flight starring Denzel Washington, his first live-action movie in 12 years (and his first R-rated movie as a director since 1980's Used Cars - The Bobs' script The Looters, written in the pre-McFly era, was made by Walter Hill in 1992 as Trespass). It was a critical and commercial success, and helped usher in a Career Resurrection.

His next film The Walk starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and based off the famous 1974 Twin Towers tightrope walk that was detailed in Man on Wire is due for release in 2015.


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