Robert Zemeckis just suffered an attack of the Blue Meanies: his motion-capture remake of the animated Beatles classic Yellow Submarine has been scrapped by Disney, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The original movie found the Fab Four traveling to Pepperland, a magical place besieged by music-hating Blue Meanies, who trapped Pepperland’s protectors – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, naturally – into a music-proof bubble. The remake would have followed the same story in a CGI-environment, with Robert Zemeckis’s unique brand of creepy-as-hell motion capture performances from the likes of Dean Lennox Kelly (Being Human) as John Lennon, Peter Serafinowicz (Spaced) as Paul McCartney, Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) as George Harrison and Adam Campbell (Date Movie) as Ringo Starr. The Beatles cover band The Fab Four was to supply the motion-capture for the actual Fab Four’s musical performances.
The news comes immediately following the Robert Zemeckis-motion capture family film Mars Needs Moms completely tanked at the box office, earning a scant $6.9 million dollars despite a budget of $150 million and an enormous marketing push. We think the fact that the animation looked terrifying (albeit highly detailed) had something to do with it. Disney claims that they had sunk Yellow Submarine months ago but the fact that they’re only announcing it now can’t be a coincidence: maybe they were waiting to see if audiences still thought motion-capture human performances were disturbing. Oh my, yes… Yes they are.
Robert Zemeckis is apparently free to shop the remake around to other studios, but after Mars Needs Moms it’s probably going nowhere, man.
Crave Online will be back with more Yellow Submarine news if it ever surfaces again. Yeah, right. Maybe when I’m sixty-four…