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.
Call me a shmuck but I really enjoyed both The Polar Express and Beowulf, The former being one of my favourate holiday films. I've yet to see ACC but I'm actually looking forward to it. I agree that Zemeckis should go back to live action as well and give the Mo-cap a break but it ain't all bad
El Hoopso on Nov 11, 2009
please go back to live action for god sakes this is the guy who made Forrest Gump Back to The Future 1,2&3
nelson on Nov 11, 2009
This 3D CGI was good for The Polar Express, and Beowulf but RZ needs to go back to live action.
Xerxex on Nov 11, 2009
I'm up for more 😛
dom on Nov 11, 2009
stop remaking things!!!
dave13 on Nov 11, 2009
Whatever, this is getting rediculous, but I don't really care. I've always thought Zumeckis was very overrated, even the "classics" he's made, I find to be mostly overrated. "Back to the Future" is completely mediocre, in my opinion, I don't understand one bit what people see in it (and I absolutely hate Part II). Cool concept that wasn't executed well, and if it weren't for Michael J. Fox or Doc Brown I think more people would agree with me. Roger Rabbit, was another great idea that, which aside from the amazing effects and Hoskins, was poorly handled at many times. The only film he's made that I think lives up to it's reputation (ok maybe not that much but it's really good) is Forest Gump, I'd guess most of that film's success is due to great acting and a good script. So yeah, do what you want Zumeckis, I don't think we're missing out on much. P.S. Beowulf was one of the worst movies (that pretends to be great) I've seen in a while. Aweful.
Matt S on Nov 12, 2009
God, is there no way we can stop this man from raping all our classics with cheesy over-the-top animated shlock? It's too depressing to think about.
CatieLee on Nov 12, 2009
yes yes yes yes please please please please Of course, I'm a girl, and my favorite Christmas movie was The Nutcracker Prince cartoon. I'm excited, personally. Hopefully this rumor turns out true. PS I also hated Beowulf. Beowulf and Grendel (with Gerard Butler) is a far better modern adaptation.
Courtney on Nov 12, 2009
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