The studio has been quietly brokering a complicated rights deal that would give Zemeckis access to 16 original Beatles songs for the movie. He plans on directing the film using the same performance-capture 3-D digital production format he has a few times now for films including The Polar Express
and the upcoming A Christmas Carol
starring Jim Carrey. In the film that opens November 6, Carrey plays not only Scrooge, but the three ghosts as well.
Variety says the plan is to have Yellow Submarine ready to premiere around the 2012 Summer Olympics, which begins July 27 in London.
The original 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 to travel to Pepperland and save the day.
Essential to the deal is Zemeckis’ ability to have access to the beloved classic Beatles tunes, from the title song to “All Together Now,” “Baby You’re a Rich Man,” “All You Need Is Love,” “When I’m 64,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
In the original film, actors provided voices for the animated Beatles. So who would provide the voices now?
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