Disney, Zemeckis Plan to Embark on Yellow Submarine

After putting their spin on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, director Robert Zemeckis and Disney Studio are planning to remake the 1968 Beatles’ animated feature Yellow Submarine. According to Daily Variety, the studio has been trying to nab the rights for 16 original Beatles songs to be used in the movie to be helmed by Zemeckis. The director will use the new performance-capture 3-D digital technology that he has perfected in A Christmas Carol for this new venture.

If all goes as planned, the remake will premiere around the 2012 Summer Olympics, which begins July 27 in London. Zemeckis’ ImageMovers will produce the animated extravaganza. The original movie was directed by George Dunning and found the Beatles accompanying Captain Fred in his submarine to go to the undersea paradise Pepperland to free it from the music-hating Blue Meanies.