In recent years, Robert Zemeckis has been obsessed with CGI and motion capture. He directed The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol. But the industry vet knows a lost cause when he sees one. He's throwing in the towel on his long-suffering remake of the Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine.
Several years ago, it was announced that Zemeckis was working on a remake of the Beatles film. It would star Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell as the band and include 16 of the group's original tunes. Unfortunately, the mo-cap price tag, paired with the disappointing returns of the animated flop Mars Needs Moms, made Disney gun-shy.
The studio pulled the plug on production, which was supposed to start in December 2011. A year later, Zemeckis is speaking out about his failed Yellow Submarine, and reveals whether or not he'll give it another go.
"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]," Zemeckis said.
"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".
Even though Yellow Submarine's still listed as a future project on his IMDB page, it sounds like he's given up the ghost.