Disney kills Robert Zemeckis' Yellow Submarine Project
03.15.11 by REELZ
If it wasn't bad enough that Disney closed its ImageMovers Digital studio and that its last project, the $150 million Mars Needs Moms, absolutely bombed at the box office, now we learn that The House of Mouse is pulling the plug on Robert Zemeckis' Yellow Submarine project, a remake of the trippy 1968 Beatles animated flick.
As The Hollywood Reporter reports, the disastrous $6.9M opening for Mars Needs Moms basically sunk the Yellow Submarine project. But now Zemeckis can shop the project to other studios.
When Zemeckis first announced Submarine, it was reported that the Beatles would be played by Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz, and Adam Campbell and would use motion-capture technology, as seen in other ImageMovers Digital projects such as The Polar Express and Mars Needs Moms. The project already had the backing of the Beatles' Apple Corps, which controls the rights to the group's catalog.
According to THR, Zemeckis flew to Montana to regroup after the fallout from this and the Mars Needs Moms bomb. The man who gave us Marty McFly deserves better than this.