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…