Disney Cancels Robert Zemeckis' Yellow Submarine Remake

Earlier today the success of Battle: Los Angeles at the box office opened the door for new epic science-fiction movies at both Sony and 20th Century Fox. On the flipside, however, the poor performance of another film released this past weekend is killing another.

THR is reporting from an unnamed sources that Disney has canceled the motion-capture remake of Yellow Submarine after the Robert Zemeckis-produced Mars Needs Moms made only $6.8 million and opened in fifth place. The move isn't too surprising as Disney decided to shut down Zemeckis' ImageMovers Digital studio last year. Back in October it looked as though things were still a go for the project as star Cary Elwes said they would begin shooting in April, but now all signs point to that not happening.

I can't really say that I'm too upset or surprised by this news. Zemeckis' motion capture has been on the chopping block for months now and the project was on shaky ground as it was thanks to rights issues and budget problems. Maybe now Zemeckis can go back to creating wonderful live-action movies like Back to the Future.

Eric Eisenberg
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