Disney torpedoes Yellow Submarine
Robert Zemekis 3D remake of 1968 classic canned
Disney Studios has torpedoed Robert Zemekis's planned 3D remake of Yellow Submarine, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Back to the Future and Forrest Gump helmsman planned to deploy 16 Beatles tracks and "cutting-edge motion-capture technology" in the re-imagining of the 1968 animation.
Budget issues and a canned meeting with the remaining Beatles are among the reasons cited for the sinking, but it is likely that the "disastrous box office wipeout" suffered by Zemekis's Mars Needs Moms played a major part in Disney's decision.
The film cost $150m, but took just $6.9m in its US debut. It also used motion-capture, and the Hollywood Reporter says Disney had concerns about the "creepy" depiction of human characters.
All is not yet lost for Zemekis, who apparently retreated to Montana over the weekend to "regroup" and ponder where he might yet stick his Yellow Submarine. He is free to punt the project to other studios, the Reporter notes. ®
Perhaps he should rename the project Pointless Remake 7: The Boredom Continues. Any studio exec is guaranteed to lap it up.
There seems to be a view the industry that kids today can't cope with films made more than about ten years ago. Even though the Yellow Submarine was very much a product of it's time my five year old son absolutely loves it. If we're talking films that are tied to that era then The Italian Job is a film that he also loves.
I know that the fact that the "re-imagining" (I hate that word) of the latter film was dire by any standards does not mean that a remake of the Yellow Submarine would be equally pants. However I do know that there is a history of remakes being flops when they concentrate heavilly on new technology.
When remaking a film the first question should be: Can we bring anything new to this that will improve the viewing experience without in any way degrading it? If the answer is not an emphatic yes then the project should be canned.
They do though...
don't they though!