'Yellow Submarine' won't set sail at Disney
“Yellow Submarine” is going to need a new port of call.
A day after “Mars Needs Moms,” a computer-animated comedy produced by “Yellow Submarine” director Robert Zemeckis, bombed at the box office, Disney confirmed that it was not planning on making the remake of the Beatles musical.
A person close to the production who was not authorized to speak publicly said Disney made the decision to scuttle the project several months ago, not after the $150-million “Mars Needs Moms” grossed a disastrous $6.9 million in its first weekend of release. News of “Yellow Submarine” being shut down was first reported Monday by the Hollywood Reporter.
Disney last year closed Zemeckis and producing partner Jack Rapke’s ImageMovers Digital, the outfit that made both “Mars Needs Moms” and “A Christmas Carol.” But even after the closure, Zemeckis was developing the remake of the iconic 1968 animated movie at Disney. Cary Elwes, who was set to voice the role of George Harrison, said late last year that he expected filming to begin in April.
Like “Mars Needs Moms” and “Avatar,” the remake of “Yellow Submarine” was going to be made using motion-capture technology, which takes the physical and facial performances of live actors and maps them onto an animated character. A spokesman for Zemeckis could not immediately be reached.
— John Horn
Photo of orignal production of "Yellow Submarine": MGM Home Entertainment Inc.