To those hoping Robert Zemeckis had finally gotten the motion capture thing out of his system… think again. That’s because Zemeckis has just cast Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell as The Beatles in his 3D performance-capture movie Yellow Submarine.
While I was very disappointed with A Christmas Carol as the story was stale and I thought the motion capture was better in Beowulf, I think Yellow Submarine is a perfect fit with the technology. Also, he has the rights to The Beatles music. That alone will get me into a theater. More after the jump:
While the motion capture thing has clearly been raised to a whole new level with Avatar, Yellow Submarine is going to be able to mix in incredible visuals with the music of The Beatles. If you haven’t seen The Beatles Rock Band, the opening title sequence is nothing short of amazing, proving cool visuals and Beatles music always works.
While I don’t know how much of the story is being taken from the original 1968 animated movie, if Zemeckis is using a lot of it, this might be a very cool ride.
According to the Heat Vision Blog, Zemeckis is producing with his Imagemovers Digital partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey and he also wrote the screenplay. While Zemekis wrote A Christmas Carol and that was a big misfire, his writing resume includes Back to the Future, which is a classic. Here’s hoping he’s still got another great screenplay in him.
Finally, while Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell will play The Beatles, it seems The Beatles tribute band Fab 4 will also be motion-captured as they’ll be the ones playing the musical performance sequences.
No word on a release date, but this is a project we’ll be paying close attention to.
Finally, thank to Heat Vision for the image on your right.