Robert Zemeckis’s “Yellow Submarine”: A Bomb In the Making

By Roger Friedman Wow! We dodged a bullet on this one. The planned live action — or stop animation remake — of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” has been canceled by Disney.

This is a relief. Despite director Robert Zemeckis‘s best intentions, this was a bomb in the making–and with a $150 million price tag. Conflicting reports from the trades claim that Disney ditched the project after Zemeckis’s “Mars Loves Moms” was a box office catastrophe this weekend. (It took in $6.9 million this weekend; cost was $150 million.) Zemeckis can still set the project up elsewhere, but please, really, don’t. Instead, why doesn’t Apple Corps just make “Yellow Submarine” available on DVD and Blu Ray. It’s a classic, and hard to find. Zemeckis should go ahead and put together the sequel to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” … Meanwhile, one Beatle sighting: Paul McCartney shopping for luxe cashmere at Christopher Fischer in East Hampton. A Beatle has to stay warm, y’know!

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  • March 15, 2011 | Permalink |

    Couldn’t agree more. If Hollywood is so bereft of creativity that they have to remake movies, then remake bad ones and try to do them better this time, don’t desecrate classics. I’d love to have the original “Yellow Submarine” on Blu-Ray, but I don’t need a bunch of dead-eyed, digital Beatles replicants ruining it.

  • March 16, 2011 | Permalink |

    Zemeckis’ problem is that he failed to acknowledge that mc animation keeps falling into uncanny valley. If he could be humble enough to admit something wasn’t working his studio could have doubled down efforts to break through this issue. Instead he is like “what problem? Look at Polar Express.” Um yeah that’s sort of the point.

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