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Yellow Submarine remake is dead, says Robert Zemeckis

December 30th, 2012 by Marc Comments

Yellow Submarine is one of our favourite animated movies here at FTN, not only because it’s the Beatles, but because it’s a damned classic, unique, beautiful, mad and challenging piece of pop history. So we were never sold on the idea of a remake.

But it seems that  Robert Zemeckis has now officially closed the doors on the rehash.

First announced by Disney in 2009 the movie was put on the backburner after Zemeckis’ Mars Needs Moms was a box office disaster. But Zemeckis had hoped that after he finished this year’s Flight with Denzel Washington, he could return to the Yellow Submarine. But it seems he has now given it up as a bad idea. Or something.

Here’s his official statement on it:

“That would have been a great one to bring The Beatles back to life. But it’s probably better not to be remade – you’re always behind the 8-ball when do you a remake. It gets harder and harder [to make movies].

“With the current state of the industry, it’s difficult to stay passionate about it. The hardest thing for a filmmaker as he’s aging is saying, “How much more of this crap can I take?” It’s tough, I can only do it if I have a script to believe in. Like Flight.”

Harsh words, but probably for the best…

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….