In recent years, Robert Zemeckis has been obsessed with CGI and motion capture. He directed The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol. But the industry vet knows a lost cause when he sees one. He's throwing in the towel for his long-suffering remake of the Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine.
On the heels of his global hit, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird has become a hot commodity in live action, as well as animation. And for his next film, he's zeroing in on a historical mashup that Back the the Future's Robert Zemeckis walked away from.
It worked for Mel Brooks. It worked for Monty Python. Can turning Back to the Future into a Broadway musical pump some new life into an old franchise and introduce it to a new generation? Director Robert Zemeckis and co-writer Bob Gale might roll the dice, thinking it just might.
If you've ever seen the 1968 movie Yellow Submarine, you know it's a psychedelic animated film starring the Beatles, who battle the invading Blue Meanies with their music. And if you were looking forward to a modern update brought to you by Robert Zemeckis—director of Back to the Future, Contact and Beowulf—well, we have bad news for you. Disney has scuttled the ship.
Wasn't it only yesterday we told you that Warner Bros. wanted Robert Zemeckis to direct a live-action remake of the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz? Today have an update from Zemeckis, and that's definitely NOT going to happen.