Robert Zemeckis Won't Try to Revive His 'Yellow Submarine' Remake
Here's the latest update on a project that's been floundering around in limbo for years. Total Film (via MovieHole) spoke with Flight director Robert Zemeckis recently, and the filmmaker revealed that he is no longer interested in remaking the animated Beatles film Yellow Submarine. The idea to remake the film using motion capture technology had been percolating since 2009, and even got as far as casting in 2010 before Disney shut down Zemeckis' ImageMovers company (following the dismal performance of one of the biggest box office bombs of all time, Mars Needs Moms) and eventually pulled the plug on the project.
There was some brief talk that Zemeckis could take the project to Universal under a new deal with that studio, but that never panned out and now, in his interview with Total Film, the director essentially says he's done with Yellow Submarine for good. Here are his exact quotes:
"That would have been a great one to bring the Beatles back to life. But it’s probably better not to be remade – you’re always behind the 8-ball when do you a remake. It gets harder and harder [to make movies]. With the current state of the industry, it’s difficult to stay passionate about it. The hardest thing for a filmmaker as he’s aging is saying, “How much more of this crap can I take?” It’s tough, I can only do it if I have a script to believe in. Like Flight”.
Filmmakers become attached to projects that don't pan out all the time, often spending years of their lives working on them only to see their efforts ultimately wasted. (Just ask Guillermo del Toro.) It's actually sort of refreshing to hear Zemeckis speak about his movie like this, mainly because I don't think a ton of people were that interested in seeing a remake in the first place, but also because it's rare to see someone in Hollywood actually let something go with grace. It's a business that thrives on ego, and "admitting defeat" can often be seen as a weakness, but I'm glad someone with Zemeckis' track record can just quietly step back from something like this and move on to other things.
Flight was a solid return to live action, we're looking forward to his Major Matt Mason film with Tom Hanks, and while he's still producing the occasional thing here and there, it'll be very interesting to see if he can mount a sequel to his classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit? any time in the next few years. Like Zemeckis himself, we think it's best that another adaptation of Yellow Submarine stay docked for good.