Though they might be more sound to the idea now that he’s got a successful, possible Oscar-winning film of his hands (with “Flight”), the last call Robert Zemeckis got from his old stomping-ground at Disney was one in which the Mouse informed the one-time hitmaker they’d no longer be footing the bill for his mo-cap remake of the Beatle’s “Yellow Submarine”.
Originally set to lens in December of 2011, with Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell playing the fab four, “Yellow Submarine” would’ve combined the same state-of-the-art special effects Zemeckis had applied to “Beowulf” and “The Polar Express” with 16 original classic Beatles tunes.
Having lost them a pound of money on the flop “Mars Needs Moms”, Disney believed Zemeckis’s “Submarine” would likely sink them further into the red if they proceeded.
The film was scrapped, as was Disney’s production slate with Zemeckis – the experience of “Yellow Submarine” evoking a waning interest in CGI mo-cap movies.
Asked by Total Film magazine whether he might consider trying to get “Yellow Submarine” up sometime later, Zemeckis offered a rather surprising answer. Ostensibly thankful Disney pressed the stop button on the movie, the “Back to the Future” helmer said he’s against the idea of a remake now.
“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”.
Obviously the whole “Yellow Submarine” incident at Disney left Zemeckis a little bruised – but not so bruised that he wouldn’t show his face at the studio again, he’s currently developing a “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” sequel with the shingle.
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- Rob Lowe playing man of the cloth in new TV series - January 21, 2015
- The Interview hits Netflix this weekend - January 21, 2015
- Stuart Beattie writing high Voltage project - January 21, 2015
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- Gremlins reboot on pause - January 18, 2015
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.