beatles yellow submarine

His 3-D take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol hasn’t even come out yet, but Robert Zemeckis already has another animated feature waiting in the wings. His next project is just as epic, but with a more contemporary flare. According to Variety, the director has plans to remake the 1960′s Beatles musical, Yellow Submarine. More on the film and the music below.

Disney Studios have teamed up with Zemeckis to remake the 1968 film known for its psychedelic visuals and classic Beatles tunes. Apparently, these two have been brokering the deal for a while, maneuvering around copyright laws that would allow the director to have access to the 16 original songs featured in the film. As usual, the studio refused to comment on negotiation deals, but we do know their aiming for the film to have a 2012 release. Sometime around the Summer Olympic Games that will take place that year in London. Damn opportunists!

In the original film The Beatles themselves only appeared in it’s closing scene, while actors provided the voices for them throughout the majority of the film. The story “took place in Pepperland, an undersea paradise protected by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. When the band is captured by the music-hating Blue Meanies, a soldier is sent to Liverpool to fetch the Fab Four, who hop in the submarine and save the day.”

How are die hard Beatles fans going to feel about this? You throw in that modern technology and that psychodelic vibe is no longer genuine to the times, but manufactured slop.

Do you want to see a remake of Yellow Submarine?