Published Mar 15, 2011We've been hearing rumblings about a CGI remake of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine for a couple of years, with producer/director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) at the helm. Well, it looks as if we won't be seeing the Fab Four in 3D anytime soon, as Disney has decided to can the project.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Disney scrapped the film following the disastrous opening of the Zemeckis-produced Mars Need Moms, which grossed roughly $6.9 million in its opening, compared to a budget of $150 million.
Yellow Submarine had already been hampered by problems; it was reportedly facing budget issues and Zemeckis had delayed plans to present his ideas to the Beatles' heirs.
The movie was due to be made with motion-capture animation, similar to the style that Zemeckis used for The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol. The Beatles were to be played by actors Cary Elwes (George Harrison), Dean Lennox Kelly (John Lennon), Peter Serafinowicz (Paul McCartney) and Adam Campbell (Ringo Starr). The director had planned to use 16 Beatles songs in the film and had already secured the support of Apple Corps, which controls the band's music.
It's still possible that we may see a Yellow Submarine remake. Although Disney has dropped out of the project, Zemeckis is free to shop it to other studios.