Disney Officially Cans Robert Zemeckis' 'Yellow Submarine' Remake

March 14, 2011
Source: THR

Yellow Submarine

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.

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Disney Needs Ideas! Not rehashed CGI tripe... And I though the movie was "Moms" plural...

Anonymous on Mar 15, 2011


Meh this idea was always a lame duck to begin with. Much more interesting things can be done with this tech than this.

Yfffd on Mar 15, 2011


So happy.

Ryan Gosling on Mar 15, 2011


Zemeckis has lost his touch and its a sad, sad thing.

Anonymous on Mar 15, 2011


I can't believe that the man that made "Back To The Future" "Forest Gump" and "Cast Away" turned away from live action films to make garbage CGI animated films like "The Polar Express" & "Christmas Carol". Bob wake up to yourself and get back to doing what you have always done best. Making live action films.

Last Son on Mar 15, 2011


honestly, I see this as unfortunate news. While the technique he was trying to perfect wasn't there yet, we saw legitimate improvements from Polar Express, Beowulf, and Christmas Carol. I am a fan of all 3... he didn't lose his touch in being a good and interesting filmmaker and in my opinion, each film got better. Christmas Carol is seriously a well done film. I thought the major blunder was in trying to use this technique in trying to create photo-realistic images. There is no questioning the fantastic animation done with all 3 movies, except for the uncanny valley aspect. But Yellow Submarine was finally going to take the technology and use it to be as expressionistic and out there as possible. I have high hopes for the project and hope it finds another home. I think Zemeckis was exploring and expanding the film medium, and whether he was succeeding or not, is something worth getting behind. He was trying to perfect this technique before James Cameron did, and we'll see how Spielberg fares with TinTin. Oh well...

lane on Mar 15, 2011


Well said, but Polar Express was dull. Beowulf was dull, and Christmas Carol did NOT need another film. This project needs an organic indie feel that is difficult to achieve when you think your own crap smells like cinnamon buns.

Damn on May 21, 2011


the end of an era for Robert Zemeckis? I don't believe it. or

Anonymous on Mar 15, 2011


Well...."I told you so." Really not Tennant's style to declare a project dead just to avoid the question. (I also think he accidently let that slip... live show and all that)

Bjoern on Mar 15, 2011


@lane good analysis (well, reflect my exact thoughts). Perfect realistic human CGI is still far away, even for Cameron, imho.

Silune on Mar 15, 2011



Voice of Reason on Mar 15, 2011


I thought Zemeckis was dead.

Bishop Coxcomb on Mar 15, 2011


What, no octopus gardens?

Stonemason89 on Mar 15, 2011


Thank God...somewhere in rock-n-roll heaven, John and George are smiling!

weezy1 on Mar 15, 2011


Please just let this movie not be made

Dan W on Mar 15, 2011


Wow, I really hope that nobody decides to put money in this shit.

Desraider on Mar 15, 2011


Thank God

Jules on Mar 16, 2011


good! i wouldnt have watched it

A5J4DX on Mar 15, 2011


Back to the Future 4?

calvin klein on Mar 16, 2011


Thank GOD. I agree with Dan W.

Terry Craig on Mar 23, 2011


Hopefully, this will teach that idiot Zemeckis to make REAL movies again.

SlashBeast on Apr 1, 2011


i wish he would have made it.........i love the beatles!!

jude:) on Apr 11, 2011


NOOOOOOOOO!!! I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOVIE SO MUCH!!! even though it was gonna be made by disney, BUT COME ON!!!! I SAW THE ORIGINAL AND I WANTED TO SEE A REMAKE!!!! *CRIES* i really hope someone will remake it please!!!!

Abbypilot on Apr 17, 2011


@jude lol some people call me jude cause i love the beatles.

Abbypilot on Apr 17, 2011


Hey Jude, what's up?

Greyson Beadles on May 20, 2012


James Cameron makes realistic submarine movies. Director Robert Zemeckis has to put the Yellow Submarine project back together with the techical help of James Cameron. Make the submarine experience more realistic than what was in a 2-D animated movie.

Trailwaywalker on Apr 19, 2011


Give it to Pixar or Sony for NON motion capture animation.

Damn on May 21, 2011


what a shame!!! I pray that this project gets off the ground sooner than later! The original film is my favorite movie of all time and has helped me in ways I cant describe!!!How bad can a remake of this Beatle psychedelic classic get? Just to have the chance to hear the classic 16 song sound track in a state-of-the-art theater sound system alone would be worth double the admission price....then add the 3D HD element with it? Come on ! The Beatles= $

lennonschram on Feb 8, 2012

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