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The “Yellow Submarine” Remake Is Officially Scrapped

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By Craig Hubert | Robert Zemeckis, who returned to live-action filmmaking with this year’s Denzel Washington-starring “Flight,” spent most of the last decade making motion-capture films such as “Polar Express,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Beowulf.” Another of those projects, which had been in development for a number of years, was a remake of the Beatles’ classic “Yellow Submarine.” Disney cancelled the film last year, and after rumors that the director would shop the project around to other studios, he has officially announced that he has no plans to make the film – and he’s actually now against the idea of it happening. “That would have been a great one to bring the Beatles back to life,” Zemeckis said in an interview with Total Film magazine. “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.” Reportedly, one of those scripts he believes in is a “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” sequel, which is currently set up at Disney.

Image: Robert Zemeckis/Robin Marchant/Getty Images

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