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The CG remake of Yellow Submarine gets hit by a torpedo

Mar. 15, 2011by:

After this weekend's 3D CG-animated movie MARS NEEDS MOMS returned less than $7 million on a $150 million budget, Disney has decided to send Robert Zemeckis' planned remake of The Beatles' YELLOW SUBMARINE to the crush depths of the development ocean.

Zemeckis was planning to use his "performance capture" process to bring the Fab Four back to unholy blank-eyed life in a 3D update of the psychedelic 1968 original, in which the band used songs and trippy visuals to save Pepperland from the villainous Blue Meanies.

But the project had reportedly been slow in coming together and faced budget and development problems (Zemeckis' dedicated performance-capture studio ImageMovers already shuttered last May), and now the "disastrous" opening of the Zemeckis-produced MARS NEEDS MOMS has prompted Disney to put the whole thing in dry-dock.

Deadline claims that Disney had already elected to sink SUBMARINE before MARS NEEDS MOMS bomb-de-bombed -- if that's the case, this would sure support the decision. Either way, Zemeckis is still free to shop the project to other studios, so it's conceivable we will still get waxen rendered versions of the quartet down the road.

Extra Tidbit: Maybe Zemeckis will get to that ROGER RABBIT sequel now?
Source: Heat VisionDeadline

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9:28PM on 03/15/2011
"Unholy blank-eyed life" has to be one of the greatest lines I've ever read hear, and boy did it make me laugh. Maybe they should make an adult mo-cap film with zombies or something, than there would be a reason for the creepy blank-eyes.
"Unholy blank-eyed life" has to be one of the greatest lines I've ever read hear, and boy did it make me laugh. Maybe they should make an adult mo-cap film with zombies or something, than there would be a reason for the creepy blank-eyes.
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2:39PM on 03/15/2011
The last movie of his I really liked was Contact. Cast Away is decent, but I can't really rewatch it without getting bored. Beowulf is good silly fun, but I can only watch it with group while playing the Beowulf drinking game.

But yeah, this dude's boner for mo-cap has lasted more than 4 hours and he needs to seek help.

And I don't think a sequel to Roger Rabbit would capture that magic the first one has. That movie got a way with a lot and it would only be watered down if revisited today.
The last movie of his I really liked was Contact. Cast Away is decent, but I can't really rewatch it without getting bored. Beowulf is good silly fun, but I can only watch it with group while playing the Beowulf drinking game.

But yeah, this dude's boner for mo-cap has lasted more than 4 hours and he needs to seek help.

And I don't think a sequel to Roger Rabbit would capture that magic the first one has. That movie got a way with a lot and it would only be watered down if revisited today.
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2:20PM on 03/15/2011

There is a god after all!

The Yellow Submarine + Zemeckis' creepy animation = Abomination.

So we get a completely competent director like Soderberg retiring, while people like Zemeckis (who really hasn't done an engaging movie in two decades) still insist on trying to push crap through the Hollywood machine.
The Yellow Submarine + Zemeckis' creepy animation = Abomination.

So we get a completely competent director like Soderberg retiring, while people like Zemeckis (who really hasn't done an engaging movie in two decades) still insist on trying to push crap through the Hollywood machine.
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1:19PM on 03/15/2011
I hope Hollywood is aware of this site's articles and comments as well.
Why pay a lot of money for test-screening and other stuff? Ask us, the Schmoes - we'll tell you what is a bad idea. Just read the previous comments!
I hope Hollywood is aware of this site's articles and comments as well.
Why pay a lot of money for test-screening and other stuff? Ask us, the Schmoes - we'll tell you what is a bad idea. Just read the previous comments!
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9:31AM on 03/15/2011
Have any of Zemeckis' Motion Capture films succeeded? Polar Express was a moderate hit, namely because of Tom Hanks' bankability and the fact that it's a Christmas flick...but Beowulf and A Christmas Carol (also a star-driven Xmas movie) both underperformed. The problem is, his MoCap characters are hollow, and pointlessly animated, as they usually look exactly like their human counterparts (or worse, like in Final Fantasy). Successful examples of MoCap include Avatar and LOTR's Gollum - both
Have any of Zemeckis' Motion Capture films succeeded? Polar Express was a moderate hit, namely because of Tom Hanks' bankability and the fact that it's a Christmas flick...but Beowulf and A Christmas Carol (also a star-driven Xmas movie) both underperformed. The problem is, his MoCap characters are hollow, and pointlessly animated, as they usually look exactly like their human counterparts (or worse, like in Final Fantasy). Successful examples of MoCap include Avatar and LOTR's Gollum - both instances where the characters are inhuman or otherworldly.

MoCap should only be used when a character cannot be created with makeup. Otherwise, the audience has nothing to relate with or connect to. Zemeckis doesn't seem to get this.
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8:48AM on 03/15/2011
Good. Let Yellow Submarine remains a trippy classic.
Good. Let Yellow Submarine remains a trippy classic.
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8:46AM on 03/15/2011
THANK YOU!!! Not a film to be remade. One of the best stoner films ever.
THANK YOU!!! Not a film to be remade. One of the best stoner films ever.
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8:04AM on 03/15/2011

MARS NEEDS MOMS IS A GEM!

Its a huge shame that Mars Needs Mums has done so badly. I work for a company who is working on the european release and have seen it a few times. I was a huge fan. it's a really charming kids film. with great 3D and the best production design ive seen in a long time. But, Disney seem to have forgotten to promote it. one poster and one trailer does not a campaign make. Fogle, Green and Harnois should be very proud.
Though i cant think of a more pointless film to make the YS.
Its a huge shame that Mars Needs Mums has done so badly. I work for a company who is working on the european release and have seen it a few times. I was a huge fan. it's a really charming kids film. with great 3D and the best production design ive seen in a long time. But, Disney seem to have forgotten to promote it. one poster and one trailer does not a campaign make. Fogle, Green and Harnois should be very proud.
Though i cant think of a more pointless film to make the YS.
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6:09AM on 03/15/2011
Good riddance! How can this guy have gotten away with making all those creepy deadeyed humanoid doll movies! Weta made it work fine, with Jackson and with Cameron and I'm sure with Spielberg too, Zemeckis never figured out how to do it. I wouldn't mind seeing a new an expanded Yellow Submarine, but as an animation film, preferably done by ILM of Rango greatness.
Good riddance! How can this guy have gotten away with making all those creepy deadeyed humanoid doll movies! Weta made it work fine, with Jackson and with Cameron and I'm sure with Spielberg too, Zemeckis never figured out how to do it. I wouldn't mind seeing a new an expanded Yellow Submarine, but as an animation film, preferably done by ILM of Rango greatness.
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5:09AM on 03/15/2011
Whenever a movie disappoints at the box office there is always the possibility to remake it! Again and again... and again... and...
Whenever a movie disappoints at the box office there is always the possibility to remake it! Again and again... and again... and...
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4:13AM on 03/15/2011

Earth to Zemeckis! Earth to Zemeckis!

Time to make some movies with living, breathing humans!
Time to make some movies with living, breathing humans!
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8:06AM on 03/15/2011
He did, its motion capture. You need human performances for that.
He did, its motion capture. You need human performances for that.
11:02AM on 03/15/2011
*sigh*.... Bruce, I think you know what he meant.
*sigh*.... Bruce, I think you know what he meant.
3:59AM on 03/15/2011
Motion capture is a good technology, like in Lord of the Rings. Even Zemeckis could justify it in Polar Express since the animation of the book was apparently important to the book. I don't get why you would use it when either creating artificial "real" worlds, or just using standard animation would suffice. I really can't stand that Zemeckis uses this technique of making everything look like mid-90s CGI films. He's giving himself and motion capture a bad name.
Motion capture is a good technology, like in Lord of the Rings. Even Zemeckis could justify it in Polar Express since the animation of the book was apparently important to the book. I don't get why you would use it when either creating artificial "real" worlds, or just using standard animation would suffice. I really can't stand that Zemeckis uses this technique of making everything look like mid-90s CGI films. He's giving himself and motion capture a bad name.
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3:34AM on 03/15/2011

Good

To hell with this creepy ass animation. If you're gonna give us a cartoon, just make it look like a cartoon.
To hell with this creepy ass animation. If you're gonna give us a cartoon, just make it look like a cartoon.
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1:42AM on 03/15/2011

Maybe this will put Zemeckis' fetish for his MoCap abominations to rest.

I don't understand it, every time its "this time we REALLY made them look real"
I don't understand it, every time its "this time we REALLY made them look real"
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1:10AM on 03/15/2011

It's about fucking time

Now maybe this can start the trend of stopping all the god damn remakes of perfectly fine, classic films that don't need to be remade.

I mean, did anyone in Hollywood ever talk to the guy that reinvented the wheel?
Now maybe this can start the trend of stopping all the god damn remakes of perfectly fine, classic films that don't need to be remade.

I mean, did anyone in Hollywood ever talk to the guy that reinvented the wheel?
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1:04AM on 03/15/2011
Thank god! That's one remake I won't miss...
Thank god! That's one remake I won't miss...
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