Disney has confirmed Internet reports that Oscar-winning producer/director Robert Zemeckis is making a stereoscopic 3D, performance-capture adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, with Jim Carrey attached to play multiple roles. The pic will be produced by new partners Walt Disney Pictures and ImageMovers Digital, and will employ the same motion-capture techniques Zemeckis used on The Polar Express, Monster House and the upcoming Beowulf.
Acting in front of a green screen, Carrey will provide the voice and perfromance data for the roles of Ebinezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Zemeckis reportedly wrote the script with the mercurial actor in mind. Carrey is also attached to provide the voice of the titular elephant in 20th Century Fox Animation’s CG adaptation of the Dr. Suess favorite Horton Hears a Who, and will play a real-life adventurer in the biopic Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
Word of the Christmas Carrol project circulated around the web last week when actor Bob Hoskins told Empire Online that he would be playing the role of Mr. Fezziwig in the production. However, Disney tells the trades that the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? star hasn’t been signed to the picture at this time. Zemeckis is producing the film with Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke, his partners in ImageMovers.