Following the abysmal opening of Disney’s Robert Zemeckis-produced 3D motion-capture-animated Mars Needs Moms this past weekend, the studio has killed Zemeckis’ planned 3D motion-capture remake of Yellow Submarine. The Beatles-themed film was set to star Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell as the Fab Four. Heat Vision reports that the disastrous box office returns for Mars Needs Moms was the final nail in the coffin for Disney, as the studio was already concerned following the lackluster reception to Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol and the overall creepiness of the human characters created by Zemeckis’ team for 3D motion capture.
While Zemeckis is now free to shop the project around at other studios, the director has apparently retreated to Montana to regroup, where he may also be mulling over a live-action flick for his next directorial outing (his last live-action film was 2000’s Cast Away). I think I speak for most everyone when I say it’s about time that Zemeckis returned to live-action films. Enough already with the rubber people movies. He’s a fine director and his talents are missed back here in the land of non-creepy-looking films.