Disney abandons Robert Zemeckis’ Yellow Submarine remake

Balks at Mars Needs Moms disaster

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Disney have pulled the plug on Robert Zemeckis’ planned motion capture Yellow Submarine remake.

The director-producer’s latest mo-cap film, Mars Needs Moms, which he produced, opened this weekend in the US and has been condemned  as one of the year’s biggest box office flops.

A concerned Disney have now shelved their plans to remake Beatles film Yellow Submarine amid concerns regarding the mo-cap process.

This despite the film having already been cast, with Cary Elwes as George Harrison, Dean Lennox Kelly as John Lennon, Peter Serafinowicz as Paul McCartney and Adam Campbell as Ringo Starr.

Zemeckis can, however, shop the film around the other studios – though considering the disaster of Mars Needs Moms (which opened this weekend to just $6.9m, on a budget of $150m), he’ll be lucky to find many open doors.

We can only hope that this means Zemeckis will get back to live-action filmmaking, and leave his mo-cap hobby way behind.

Mo-cap? Or no-cap? Think it's time for Zemeckis to get back to 'proper' filmmaking? Tell us below...


    • SamaElPrime

      Mar 18th 2011, 17:52

      Well, Zemeckis has prooved in his carreer that he does get his best in live action (including Who Framed Roger Rabbit), so yes, he should consider return to live action filmmaking. (Although A Christmas Carol was actually good... not as good as his live action movies, but good...)

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    • Themouras

      Mar 19th 2011, 11:19

      He always pushes the technological or technical envelope of moviemaking, since he started. But I think, he explored that "Mo-Cap" thing, more than it deserves. Maybe he should return to Live Action, and continue his experiments there.

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