Robert Zemeckis may remake Yellow Submarine in 3-D

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Disney and director Robert Zemeckis are negotiating to remake Yellow Submarine, the 1968 psychedelic animated film based on the music of the Beatles, Variety reported.

The studio has been quietly brokering a complicated rights deal that would give Zemeckis access to 16 original Beatles songs for a movie he will direct in the performance-capture 3-D digital production format he employed for A Christmas Carol. Disney opens that film Nov. 6, with Jim Carrey playing Scrooge as well as the three ghosts who haunt him in the Charles Dickens tale.

The hope is to have Yellow Submarine ready to premiere around the 2012 Summer Olympics, which begins July 27 in London.