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Robert Zemeckis will live a Dark Life underwater

It seems like Robert Zemeckis isn't too sore with Disney for shutting down his performance capture studio last month.

The filmmaker is working with the House of Mouse on a new potential franchise, adapting the upcoming young adult book DARK LIFE from first-time novelist Kat Falls. Zemeckis, who is reportedly still working on the update of the Beatles' YELLOW SUBMARINE, plans to direct the underwater thriller that sounds like a blend of elements from the comic "Fathom", the short-lived TV series "Surface", with a little ABYSS and maybe some of Disney's own ATLANTIS mixed in.

The book synopsis: Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions and people live packed like sardines on the dry land left, DARK LIFE is the harrowing tale of underwater pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment, farming the seafloor in exchange for the land deed.

The story follows Ty, who has lived his whole life on his family's homestead and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. But when outlaws' attacks on government supply ships and settlements threaten to destroy the underwater territory, Ty finds himself in a fight to stop the outlaws and save the only home he has ever known.

Joined by a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her prospector brother, Ty ventures into the frontier's rough underworld and begins to discover some dark secrets to Dark Life. As Ty gets closer to the truth, he discovers that the outlaws may not be the bloodthirsty criminals the government has portrayed them as. And that the government abandoning the territory might be the best thing for everyone, especially for someone like Ty, someone with a Dark Gift.

While the deep is often the second home of James Cameron, we should probably expect Zemeckis to utilize the blockbuster-maker's 3D process for additional dazzle/profitability.

Extra Tidbit: So... no ROGER RABBIT sequel?
Source: Variety

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