Source - IGN
Oscar-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis plans to live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine.
Variety reports that the Beowulf and A Christmas Carol director has joined with Disney to remake the trippy 1968 movie based on the music of The Beatles. According to the trade paper, Disney "has been quietly brokering a complicated rights deal that would give Zemeckis access to 16 original Beatles songs for a movie he will direct in the performance-capture 3-D digital production format he employed for A Christmas Carol."
The new Yellow Submarine will reportedly sail on to the sun, till it finds the sea green, in summer 2012.
Variety adds that the deal "has been months in the making with armies of lawyers, and sources said that rights will encompass the future prospects of a Broadway stage musical like Disney accomplished with The Lion King, a Cirque du Soleil stage production ("Love," a production based on Beatles tunes, has been running for two years at The Mirage) and merchandise."
So how do you feel about this?
I think Beatles publicity is a-okay, but I'd rather see a digital remastering and re-release of the original Yellow Submarine than a remake. But then again, I can understand how the original isn't exactly appealing to kids these days.
Despite such a movie's dubious lack of necessity, I think that - for all intents and purposes - Zemeckis is the best choice. Pixar - easily the best in the western animation biz - tends to avoid remakes, so they're out of the picture. The human-based story and character models - a staple of Zemeckis' animated movies (Beowulf, Polar Express) - would probably be better off without a Pixar treatment, as well.
When this goes through, do you think Zemeckis will take some inspiration from TBRB's "Yellow Submarine" sequence? I hope so; I'm more of a fan of the surreal, almost-cartoony look of RB than the hyper-realism of Zemeckis' animated efforts.
Also, in further defense of Zemeckis: This guy directed Forrest Gump. That's some serious business.