David Tennant Thinks Zemeckis' 'Yellow Submarine' Has Sunk?
Potentially interesting update on Robert Zemeckis courtesy of BleedingCool. While we've heard recently that the decision to shut down his animated studio ImageMovers Digital has made him re-consider to the live-action world with a new time travel project, we thought he was still supposed to be finishing up Mars Needs Mom! and Yellow Submarine, his new CGI take on the trippy Beatles movie. Well, on an episode of Paul O'Grady Live from the UK a few weeks ago, British actor David Tennant, who was auditioning for a role in it, spoke about how he doesn't "think it's happening any more. I think the film has gone away."
The conversation starts when the host asks him if he got the part in Yellow Submarine that they were both auditioning for, and his response was a very pessimistic sounding: "I don't think it's happening any more. I think the film has gone away." He doesn't really add much more after that, except that the part they were going for was the six foot tall blue guy - "Queen of the Blue Meanies." This isn't solid confirmation that the project has disappeared, but Tennant has definitely stirred the pot and I'm sure we'll hear more. I wouldn't be that surprised to hear that Zemeckis has moved on and may be returning to live-action, but who knows. IMDb still lists Yellow Submarine as "filming," so maybe it's just moving on much quieter than we knew.
Update: Not so fast! MarketSaw posted an MTV interview from a few weeks ago with Cary Elwes, who is set to star in this as George Harrison, and he says it's still on. In fact, he says shooting will begin next April. So according to one actor, who is officially involved, shooting starts next year, but according to another, it's not happening. That, or Tennant was just saying it's not happening for him. So now we've got two conflicting reports, but we'll keep you updated on this either way. Who still wants this to get made and who doesn't?