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Yellow Submarine to set sail again

Posted by LiveFor on August 20, 2009

Yellow_SubmarineDisney and director Robert Zemeckis are negotiating to remake Yellow Submarine, the 1968 psychedelic animated film based on the music of The Beatles. That’s what Variety are saying. At this point I am going Why oh Why?

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 November 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.

Disney would not comment on the negotiations or the project. Zemeckis’s ImageMovers would produce.

The deal marries cutting-edge 3-D feature technology with a surging reinterest in The Beatles, who appeared only in the film’s closing scene. Actors provided the voices for the animated characters of Beatles Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

The storyline of the original took place in Pepperland, an undersea paradise protected by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. When the band is captured by the music-hating Blue Meanies, a soldier is sent to Liverpool to fetch the Fab Four, who hop in the submarine and save the day.

Key to the deal is Zemeckis’ ability to use a treasure trove of classic Beatles tunes, from the title song to “All Together Now,” “Baby You’re a Rich Man,” “All You Need Is Love,” “When I’m 64,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

September will be a big month for the band with the release of remastered records and the vidgame “The Beatles: Rock Band.”

I really cannot see the point of this remake. The original was a definite product of its time and I can’t quite see this new one working. What are your thoughts on it?

4 Responses to “Yellow Submarine to set sail again”

  1. pjowens75 said

    Oh boy! Does this mean we’ll have the 3D versions of Jim Carrey and Tom Hanks playing John Lennon & Paul MacCartney? Gee, I can hardly wait.

    Why? Chalk up another one to the complete lack of creativity among big US movie makers. Seems only independents can come up with original ideas these days. Sad.

    • andrew said

      hay you know that when the movie comes out. they’ll probley have some yellow submarine products at the disney store . and a video game of the remake wil probley come out.

  2. Johny said

    The beatles suck ass! Erm.. That’s all really!

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