Rumor: Zemeckis Following Christmas Carol with The Nutcracker
Robert Zemeckis' latest CGI feature, A Christmas Carol, is currently playing and seems to be bringing in the cash, as expected. Whereas Zemeckis used to be an amazing filmmaker, he's now become our bi-yearly deliverer of a fantastical 3D CGI version of some beloved holiday story. First it was The Polar Express, this year it's A Christmas Carol, so what's up next after that? Pajiba claims that Zemeckis will eventually be adapting The Nutcracker as well, but it's not clear if that'll come before or after he remakes The Beatles' Yellow Submarine. Whatever the case, I'm not excited, despite my love for these wonderful holiday stories.
They also say that similar to A Christmas Carol (which was a direct adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel), Zemeckis' Nutcracker won't be an adaptation of the Tchaikovsky ballet, but rather an adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's original 1816 novel, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, remaining more faithful to the novel than any modern version. So it'll be set in 19th century Russia and explore how the cursed Nutcracker character came to be and the battle between the dolls and the mice. And I'm sure there'll be plenty of icicle surfing, dance fights, and nuts being cracked in glorious 3D, with their shells flying right at the audience.
If he keeps up with this, I'm sure we'll eventually see him remake National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with his 3D motion capture as well. Damn you, Zemeckis! Eventually audiences are going to get tired of this, aren't they? Considering this is the first time we've heard about The Nutcracker being adapted by Zemeckis, I'm calling this a rumor until we get some official confirmation from Disney or ImageMovers or someone.
Photo of nutcrackers courtesy of SpacePotato on Flickr.