Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Michael Moore Says Clint Eastwood Threatened To "Kill" Him 10 Years Ago, Calls 'American Sniper' A "Mess" Michael Moore Says Clint Eastwood Threatened To "Kill" Him 10 Years Ago, Calls 'American Sniper' A "Mess" Woody Allen’s Next Movie With Joaquin Phoenix & Emma Stone Titled ‘Irrational Man,’  Sony Pictures Classics Nab Rights Woody Allen’s Next Movie With Joaquin Phoenix & Emma Stone Titled ‘Irrational Man,’ Sony Pictures Classics Nab Rights Paul Thomas Anderson Says 'Edge Of Tomorrow' Is "F*cking Great," Also Loves 'Grand Budapest Hotel'  Paul Thomas Anderson Says 'Edge Of Tomorrow' Is "F*cking Great," Also Loves 'Grand Budapest Hotel' 10 Unaired TV Pilots By A-List Directors That We Want To See 10 Unaired TV Pilots By A-List Directors That We Want To See The 10 Best Films Of 2007 The 10 Best Films Of 2007 'Kick-Ass' Creator Mark Millar Says A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Once In The Works With 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans 'Kick-Ass' Creator Mark Millar Says A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Once In The Works With 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot 30 Films You Forgot Were Oscar Winners 30 Films You Forgot Were Oscar Winners Watch: Tom Hardy & Gary Oldman Face Off In The First Trailer For Thriller ‘Child 44’ Watch: Tom Hardy & Gary Oldman Face Off In The First Trailer For Thriller ‘Child 44’ Review: Documentary 'Night Will Fall' Is A Powerful Reminder Of The Horrors Of The Holocaust Review: Documentary 'Night Will Fall' Is A Powerful Reminder Of The Horrors Of The Holocaust Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

Disney Passes On Robert Zemeckis' 'Yellow Submarine' After 'Mars Needs Moms' Tanks

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 15, 2011 at 1:20AM

Update: Deadline reports that Disney is saying they made the decision to halt "The Yellow Submarine" before "Mars Needs Moms" opened but you can bet if the film blew open the box office, a different conversation would be happening.
8

Update: Deadline reports that Disney is saying they made the decision to halt "The Yellow Submarine" before "Mars Needs Moms" opened but you can bet if the film blew open the box office, a different conversation would be happening.

Last fall, everything seemed fine and dandy for Robert Zemeckis' planned version of the The Beatles' "The Yellow Submarine." Cary Elwes, Peter Serafinowicz, Dean Lennox Kelly and Adam Campbell were going to play George, Paul, John and Ringo respectively with David Tennant as Queen of the Blue Meanies. An April start date was tentatively slated, but it now looks like the cart was being put a bit ahead of the horse.

In the wake of the disastrous $6.9 million opening for "Mars Needs Moms," THR reports that Disney has passed on "The Yellow Submarine" that was being shepherded by Zemeckis, whose ImageMovers was behind the $150 million budgeted 'Mars.' However, it appears the writing was on the wall for a while.

The trade reveals that a planned December meeting between Zemeckis and Beatles' heirs, in which he was to present the project was canceled and never rescheduled. Moreover, Disney finally realized what audiences have known for years -- that Zemeckis' dead-eye motion capture technique looks creepy as hell -- and the failure of "Mars Needs Moms" put the nail in the coffin. The plan was for "The Yellow Submarine" to use the same mo-cap technology and marry it with sixteen songs from the Beatles catalog -- with full approval from Apple Corp. who control the rights -- but the project for now is on the shelf.

Zemeckis is free to shop it around and given that the Beatles are a goldmine moneymaking machine, we're sure there be various parties sniffing around the project. However, with Zemeckis' animation style feeling outdated and with budget being a big concerned we don't see it happening unless the cost comes down and the director is convinced to let go of his eerie mo-cap.

This article is related to: Films, Robert Zemeckis, Yellow Submarine


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates