This news has got me excited and for more reasons than one. While filmmaker Robert Zemeckis has Flight with Denzel Washington in the works, he's already lining up his next project and it sounds like a doozy. Zemeckis will team with screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos to tell a fictionalized account of the very real twentieth century American writer Charles Fort. Fort is famous for his focus on occult, supernatural, and paranormal phenomena. Fort's influence is great - a lot of what he research and wrote about is now referred to as Fortean phenomena. Fort's books are still in print today.
The film seems to be based on Dark Horse Comics's 2002 four-issue series Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained, in which Fort was not only a researcher of the unknown but an action hero, battling aliens, murderers, and the like.
This sounds like something Zemeckis will do well with and I can't wait to see how it turns out. Anything that gets him away from all the motion capture work he's been doing is a good thing in my book. The only thing that has me worried is Spiliotopoulos, whose responsible for a number of direct-to-video Disney sequels. Whether or not those sequels are any good is up for debate, I'm just afraid he's an odd fit for the project.