We already knew that “Forrest Gump” director Robert Zemeckis was teaming up with Disney to remake or reboot or adapt or do something with this week’s Sick Day Stash pick, the Beatles’ classic “Yellow Submarine.” Well now we know more, fresh from Disney’s D23 Expo.
As I — and basically anyone else who follows this sort of news — predicted following the initial report, the performance capture-animated feature will be presented in 3-D. The “new voyage to Pepperland” will include all 16 Beatles songs featured in the original film. Sounds an awful lot like it’s going to be a (fairly) straight remake of the original, in which The Beatles set off on a voyage to save the undersea kingdom of Pepperland from the nefarious Blue Meanies. I’m honestly not sure whether to feel thrilled or mortified.
Zemeckis, for his part, is tremendously excited. “’Yellow Submarine’ is one of the greatest fantasy films of all time, and making this new 3D performance capture movie is a dream come true for me.” The plan is to “take moviegoers on a voyage unlike any other, and bring new excitement and dimension to Pepperland and the various sea worlds [The Beatles] encounter.”
I hate to be a naysayer, but I remain unconvinced. “Yellow Submarine” is a personal favorite of mine and has been for a good portion of my life. Zemeckis is also responsible for some of my all-time favorites — “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” the “Back to the Future” trilogy — but it’s been a long time since 1994’s “Forrest Gump,” and nothing since then has really bowled me over. This is just personal taste of course. I remain open to the possibility that we’ll get a quality adaptation… I’m just not getting my hopes up.
Zemeckis and Disney doing a 3-D “Yellow Submarine” in performance captured-CG: brilliance or blasphemy?