Robert Zemeckis is officially giving up on his remake of the seminal animated classic Yellow Submarine, which served as a showcase for The Beatles back in 1968. Walt Disney Pictures announced the director was moving forward on the motion-capture adventure in 2009, with Cary Elwes, Peter Serafinowicz, Adam Campbell, and Dean Lennox Kelly cast as the Fab Four. Shooting was set to being in 2011, but that never happened.
Mars Needs Moms, which debuted in March of 2011, was a substantial flop for Disney, and it was because of this that the studio pulled the plug on Yellow Submarine. Robert Zemeckis, whose last three films had all been motion capture (The Polar Express, Beowulf, and Disney's a Christmas Carol), moved onto the live action drama Flight, his first in nearly a decade, instead.
He had planned to make Yellow Submarine at a different studio after Disney dropped the ball, but now he has given up on the movie completely, saying that a remake is a bad idea.
Here is his statement.
"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]. 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."
Are you happy about Robert Zemeckis' decision? Or were you looking forward to a new version of Yellow Submarine?