After a decade of experimenting with motion-capture films, Robert Zemeckis made a smashing return to live action film-making this year with the well-received “Flight.” He’s not using that film’s success as a way to talk studios into giving him full rein to go back to motion-capture, though; in fact, it looks like the time away from the technology has made him rethink some things.
Like that remake of the Beatles animated movie “Yellow Submarine.” Zemeckis had planned to do a motion-capture version starring Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz, and Adam Campbell. However, Disney pulled out of backing the project, as well as other motion-capture projects, right around the time of the mo-cap mega-flop “Mars Needs Moms.”
When asked by Total Film magazine if he would now try to get the film back on track, Zemeckis gave a pretty clear no:
“That would have been a great one to bring the Beatles back to life. But it’s probably better not to be remade – you’re always behind the 8-ball when do you a remake. It gets harder and harder [to make movies]. With the current state of the industry, it’s difficult to stay passionate about it. The hardest thing for a filmmaker as he’s aging is saying, “How much more of this crap can I take?” It’s tough, I can only do it if I have a script to believe in. Like Flight”.
If only more filmmakers would have that moment of clarity before starting on a remake. Especially if they’re thinking of a remake of Zemeckis’s “Back to the Future.”