WHAT LIES BENEATH
ROBERT ZEMECKIS (Director/Producer)
won an Academy Award', a Golden Globe and a Directors Guild of America Award for Best Director for the hugely successful "Forrest
Gump." The film's numerous honors also included Oscars for Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Picture. Zemeckis most recently reunited with Tom Hanks for
the contemporary drama "Cast Away," the filming of which was split into two sections, bookending production on "What Lies Beneath." Zemeckis and Hanks also serve as producers on "Cast Away," along with Steve Starkey and Jack
Earlier in his career, Zemeckis co-wrote (with Bob Gale) and directed "Back to the Future," which was the top-grossing release of 1985, and for which Zemeckis shared Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Screenplay. He went on to helm "Back to the Future, Parts II and III," completing one of the most successful film franchises ever.
In addition, Zemeckis directed and produced "Contact," starring Jodie Foster, based on the best-selling novel by Carl Sagan; and the macabre comedy hit "Death Becomes Her," starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis. He also wrote and directed the box office smash "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," cleverly blending live action and animation; directed the romantic adventure hit "Romancing the Stone," pairing Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner; and co-wrote (with Bob Gale) and directed the comedies "Used Cars," and "I Wanna Hold Your Hand."
Additionally, Zemeckis has produced "House on Haunted Hill," and executive
produced such films as "The Frighteners," "The Public Eye," and "Trespass," which he also co-wrote with Bob Gale. He and Gale had previously written "1941," which began
Zemeckis' association with Steven Spielberg.
For the small screen, Zemeckis has directed several projects, including the Showtime feature-length documentary "The Pursuit of Happiness," which explores the effect of drugs and alcohol on society in the 20th century. His other television credits include episodes of Spielberg's "Amazing Stories," and HBO's ''Tales From the Crypt.
In 1998, Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke partnered to form the film and television production company
ImageMovers. "What Lies Beneath" is the first film to be released under the ImageMovers banner, to be followed by "Cast Away," set to open in the 2000 holiday season.
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