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Yellow Submarine to be remade by Disney

Yellow Submarine, the psychedelic Sixties Beatles film, is to get a 3-D Hollywood remake by movie giant Disney.

By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor

Published: 7:00AM BST 21 Aug 2009

The studio is in advanced negotiations over the project, according to Variety, with talks focusing on the rights to use 16 Beatles? tunes, including Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, All You Need Is Love and Sgt Pepper?s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The 21st century version of the Fab Four’s animated adventure will be directed by Robert Zemeckis, the man behind Back To The Future, Forrest Gump and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Disney intends to release the film to coincide with the 2012 London Olympics.

The studio is in advanced negotiations over the project, according to Variety, with talks focusing on the rights to use 16 Beatles’ tunes, including Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, All You Need Is Love and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Actors would voice the characters of John, Paul, George and Ringo, just as they did in the 1968 original. The plot involves the band attempting to save the undersea paradise of Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies. The original story was written by Lee Minoff, with dialogue by poet Roger McGough, and based on the title song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

The band made a live-action cameo appearance in the final scene of the 1968 film.

The new version of Yellow Submarine will be made in performance-capture 3-D, a medium explored by Zemeckis in The Polar Express, Beowulf and the forthcoming Jim Carrey vehicle A Christmas Carol.

The use of 3-D technology is being touted as the future of Hollywood cinema, with James Cameron’s soon-to-be-released Avatar generating the biggest cinematic buzz of the yea

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Surprising to me though that enough people would go see it, just because it's in 3-D, when they've either seen the original or got it on DVD or whatever. I suppose a whole new generation who've never heard of the original can be wooed in. But it seems like a monumental waste of time, that could be spent creating something new.

Though not as much of a time-waster as that movie that recreated Psycho scene-for-scene. :rolleyes:

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Surprising to me though that enough people would go see it, just because it's in 3-D, when they've either seen the original or got it on DVD or whatever. I suppose a whole new generation who've never heard of the original can be wooed in. But it seems like a monumental waste of time, that could be spent creating something new.

Though not as much of a time-waster as that movie that recreated Psycho scene-for-scene. :rolleyes:

That's my thinking - on the one hand, it's good to introduce new generations to the Beatles but on the other hand, all these remakes - is there no inspiration left for "new" :(:unsure:

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Usually, originals are much better than remakes, and in my opinion, most remakes are a waste of time. (One exception: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) was just as good or better than the original 1956 version.)

Having said that, I would probably see the remake of Yellow Submarine because I love The Beatles and Robert Zemekis is a good director. (I'd have to watch the original first though because I haven't seen it in a long time. I do remember being scared of the Blue Meanies. :lol: )

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