Disney and Robert Zemeckis Partnering to Adapt 'Dark Life'

April 5, 2010

Dark Life

Disney may be shutting down the Robert Zemeckis-led ImageMovers Digital, but Variety reports that is not stopping the Mouse House and the studio from striking a deal to adapt the upcoming Kat Falls young adult novel Dark Life, a story set in our near-future in which rising ocean levels and natural catastrophes have led some people to homestead on the ocean floor and kids develop supernatural powers similar to sea creatures. The plot heats up when an underwater boy and a surface girl join forces to uncover a government conspiracy. Zemeckis will also be directing this first film in the hopeful start of a family franchise. Read on!

Though this seems like it would be the perfect fit for Zemeckis to continue to showcase his obsession with motion capture animation, his previous endeavors that didn't require the technology to tell the story have left me cold on his using it, and I just want him to stop already. There's no word on whether or not he'll use motion capture for this, but let's just hope he's taking a break from it. Though the story sounds somewhat interesting, it seems like another in the long line of young adult adaptations trying to ride the coattails of the Harry Potter franchise. We'll have to wait and see how this one comes together. Anyone else interested?

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Am I the only one who thinks his last good movie is and probably always will be Contact?

Cody w on Apr 5, 2010


I didnt like cast away also so.

Cody w on Apr 5, 2010


but... where's my movie adaptation of Peter Watts' "Starfish" 🙁

Alehkhs on Apr 5, 2010


if its motion cap, he shouldn't bother.

troy on Apr 5, 2010


what 4 said. and isn't it "partnering"?

lego on Apr 5, 2010


It could be as expensive and bad as Waterworld...I'm just glad his remake of Yellow submarine is not next and hopefully never happening.

almartva on Apr 5, 2010


@ #5, I'm not sure why it isn't partnering considering Variety uses that same word in referring to the deal between Disney and ImageMovers. Sorry I didn't use the word you were thinking of to describe it. I'll try harder to hone in on your thoughts next time. Or if you're trying to say that "partnering" isn't a real word or term, then I suggest you look here. Regards,

Ethan Anderton on Apr 5, 2010


Sounds like it could be really fun, or really cheesy...on the fence. I wish they could get James Cameron to adapt 'Ender's Game'.

Billy Barou on Apr 5, 2010


I read about this and all I can think about is: "They should really make an Aquaman movie."

DRM on Apr 5, 2010


lol ethan, i didnt think "partnerNing" was a word. but dun try to take every comment as a knock to your intelligence

lego on Apr 6, 2010


@ Lego, Ah, yes. That extra "n" kind of ran together in that word. Nice catch. Let me just go open my mouth and insert my foot into it, and I'll be back a little later.

Ethan Anderton on Apr 6, 2010


I'm sorry #1 but "Cast Away" was a brilliant film also.

last son on Apr 6, 2010

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