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Robert Zemeckis to Remake ‘Yellow Submarine’ in 3-D

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For as many inventive projects as there are in Hollywood this year (Avatar, District 9), there are a whole lotta sequels, rehashes, and remakes (Night at the Museum, Land of the Lost, Friday the 13th). Next year looks to be no different. Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, who directed such diverse movies as Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Forrest Gump, has signed a deal with Disney to create a new version of the 1968 animated cult classic, Yellow Submarine.

The original follows the characters of The Beatles (not voiced by the actual band members) as they journey through the magical Pepperland and battle the evil Blue Meanies along the way. Zemeckis will be using his 3D performance-capture technology to bring the remake to life. He has previously used this technology on The Polar Express, Beowulf and the upcoming A Christmas Carol.

The news of the Yellow Submarine remake has set off a wave of groans from disgruntled fans. They have been taking to the internet message boards to complain and ask the question, “Why attempt to change what is already pure?” I’m going to stay out of the discussion. I’m not a big fan of remakes, but, hey– at least this one is going to have an awesome soundtrack.

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