Robert Zemeckis wanted to bring the Beatles back together Yellow submarine.
Maybe you didn’t know that Disney and Robert Zemeckis were planning a remake Yellow submarine until today, but the internet is a magical place so do it now. Today, Redditors posted a test animation from the long-lost film. Check out the clip below.
As mentioned earlier, this project should be a collaboration between Disney and Zemeckis. Zemeckis was hot for his motion capture successes The polar express and Beowulf, and everyone wanted to benefit from a new wave of Beatlemania since the remastered albums and Beatles: rock band should be released in September 2009.
diversity reported on the project in August 2009. Everyone planned this to be a big hit, with merchandising deals and “prospects to outsource both a Broadway musical and a Cirque du Soleil stage production”.
Disney wanted to premiere the remake during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Obviously, this project didn’t get very far. After Zemeckis’ A Christmas song Did badly at the box office, Disney closed its ImageMovers digital studio. In March 2011, Disney gave up the project entirely.
Funnily enough, this isn’t the first time test material has come out of the film. In April of this year, about 14 minutes of storyboards and animatics were put online (which can be found with a little research). It appears the remake reused some of the audio files from the original film as well as 16 Beatles songs including “Yellow Submarine”, “Baby You’re a Rich Man”, “All You Need Is Love”, “When I’m 64” , “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
Empire reported at the time that the cast should include Peter Serafinowicz as Paul, Dean Lennox Kelly as John, Cary Elwes as George, Adam Campbell as Ringo, and David Tennant as Chief Blue Meanie.
A Beatles tribute band, the Fab Four, would have performed the motion capture.
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