Yellow Submarine (partially found cancelled CGI remake of animated film; 2010-2011)

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Image from Yellow Submarine.

Status: Lost

In 2009, Disney, Apple Corps, and Imagemovers Digital announced a motion-captured remake of the 1968 Beatles film Yellow Submarine at the D23 Expo. The film was slated to be released in the Summer of 2012, in time for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.[1]

Crew & Casting

The film would have been written and directed by Robert Zemeckis. The film would feature the voices of Peter Serafinowicz (as Paul McCartney) Dean Lennox Kelly (as John Lennon) Cary Elwes (as George Harrison) and Adam Campbell (as Ringo Starr), and the music would be performed by Beatles tribute band The Fab Four.[2] David Tennant was in talks to play the Chief Blue Meanie.[3] If the film had been successful, it would've don a Broadway musical and a Cirque de Soleil show.


In May 2010, Disney shut down Imagemovers Digital after the unsatisfactory results of A Christmas Carol, and cancelled the project in 2011 after Mars Needs Moms bombed.[4] Disney let Zemeckis bring the film to other studios, which led to Imagemovers Digital final project being a look-dev test for the film, also directed by Robert Zemeckis.[5][6]

By 2012, Zemeckis had no interest of remaking the film, saying: "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."[7]

Surfaced Content

Concept art, as well as a few animation tests, have surfaced online, but the finished look dev test has yet to be seen by the public.

Blue Meanie Animation Test (see 1:07).
Yellow Submarine mo-cap test (Cary Elwes as George Harrison).