Disney Officially Cans Robert Zemeckis' 'Yellow Submarine' Remake
Looks like it's finally the end of an era for Robert Zemeckis. THR reports that after a disastrous opening weekend for ImageMovers' latest CGI feature, Mars Needs Moms (made $7M on a $150M budget), Disney is canceling The Beatles' Yellow Submarine remake that Zemeckis was directing for 2012. The CGI movie had a cast including David Tennant and Cary Elwes as various members of the psychedelic band, and they'd even secured rights to use 16 of the Beatles' songs. ImageMovers was already shut down by Disney last year and now this is the final nail in the coffin, though there's a chance the movie could end up at another studio.
This isn't the first time that we've reported about Yellow Submarine sinking. Last year, we wrote about how David Tennant said that "I don't think it's happening any more," later correcting it when ImageMovers said that was not the case. Obviously it was and Tennant was just ahead of the game. Word is that Zemeckis, who has been considering a return to live-action with various sci-fi projects, ran away Hollywood after receiving the news from Disney and traveled up to Montana, where he'll "regroup" and consider "finding a new home for Submarine." I'm glad to see Yellow Submarine sink, as it's another remake we won't see and to be frank, ImageMovers and Zemeckis' not-so-cutting-edge-anymore CGI movies aren't that exciting anymore anyway.
Update: Deadline's Mike Fleming wrote a post about how THR's story apparently isn't accurate. Although Yellow Submarine has been canceled by Disney, "insiders said that decision was made months ago. At that point, Zemeckis was given permission to shop the film elsewhere." So they're saying that Disney had already passed on the project months ago and told him to make it elsewhere. That said, it sounds like this project is now stagnant anyway, without a home, and Zemeckis is apparently considering other live-action projects - which is exactly what he should be doing. We'll continue to keep you guys updated on all things Zemeckis.