Though its been years since the Beatles have parted ways, the group still has a huge fan base. Having lots of fans, however, does not seem to be enough for Disney.
The company was working with director Robert Zemeckis (famous for many films, including the Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump (1994), and Cast Away (2000)) to come up with a plot for the remake of the famous Yellow Submarine. Those plans, though, have been thrown out the window.
According to Rolling Stone,
The movie was to include 16 Beatles songs and the same motion-capture technology Zemeckis has used in Beowulf, A Christmas Carol and Mars Needs Moms, but when the latter picture only gross $6.9 million in its first week with a budget of $150 million, Disney backed out of its Yellow Submarine commitment due to budget concerns.
Apparently, one of the troubles of getting financial backing for films is that Zemeckis’ animation style is not very popular. Audiences prefer the works of Pixar and DreamWorks, and deem Zemeckis’ animations “too creepy”.
Though Disney has scrapped the project, Zemeckis can still pitch the film to other companies, he will just have to make a huge effort to gain support. Though many have mixed feelings about his style (some of the characters do look a little scary), a remake of Yellow Submarine could have potential.
There already exist a large pool of fans, old and young, and if done well (he did direct Back to the Future), the film could be a real jewel. Besides, no matter how the movies ends up (if it gets made), you can never get enough of the Beatles.Tags: A Christmas Carol, Back to the Future, Beowulf, Cast Away, Disney, DreamWorks, Forrest Gump, Mars Needs Moms, Pixar, Robert Zemeckis, Rolling Stone, The Bealtes, Yellow Submarine