This makes a lot of sense, not necessarily because we dislike his mo-cap work but because his last live-action effort, 'Cast Away,' made more money worldwide than anything he's directed since. The news also comes at a perfect time, when fans are excited about the re-release of 'BTTF' next month as well as Christopher Lloyd's own return to the concept of time travel with an upcoming 3-D IMAX film. Of course, no matter what his next gig is, first he's working on the mo-cap remake of the animated Beatles flick 'The Yellow Submarine' (due in 2012).
While nothing is known yet about the plot of 'Timeless,' if Zemeckis does direct we can be hopeful it will feature some sort of groundbreaking special effects (his previous visual effects Oscar-winners include 'Death Becomes Her,' Forrest Gump' and 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'). But will it be as timeless a movie as that classic trilogy with Marty McFly and Doc Brown? Will it be in demand for a re-release in 25 years? That's to be determined, but we'll definitely be keeping tabs on this and relay further info as we learn more about it.