Robert Zemeckis has directed some of my favorite movies of all-time. However, like a beloved uncle who hits the sauce too much, and won’t admit he has a problem, Zemeckis has gotten drunk on motion capture technology. For the past decade, we’ve watched his glossy-eyed, creepy computer mannequins get all up in the uncanny valley. Now it looks like he might sober-up and stop putting actors into ping-pong ball suits.
Disney has canceled Zemeckis’ latest motion capture project: a high-profile remake of The Beatles‘ Yellow Submarine. Yes, because the story is really the best part of Yellow Submarine, and it’s a story that’s just begging to be retold today. I’m sure there’s some parallel between the bad economy and whatever it is that happens in the film, which I either sleep through, or don’t remember because I get very high when watching it. Anyway, Disney harpooned Yellow Submarine because Zemeckis produced the epic flop Mars Needs Moms for the studio, which cost $150 million and only made $6.0 million this past weekend. Yikes.