Due to the incredibly poor performance of “Mars Needs Moms” at the box office, Disney is pulling out from Robert Zemeckis’ next planned motion capture project, a remake of the Beatles classic Yellow Submarine. Industry insiders are seeing this as a repudiation of Zemeckis’ motion-capture style of animation, and Disney closing the book on any further productions using the technique.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, even before the lackluster performance put in by Zemeckis’ “Mars Needs Moms”, the remake of the Beatles film was on shaky ground. HR points out budget problems as well as Zemeckis’ inability to get the Beatles heirs onboard the project as major impediments to the future of the project. And almost a year to the day ago, Disney closed ImageMovers Digital Studios, their joint venture in Marin County with Zemeckis. With the audiences staying away from this current motion capture project, Disney has now completely pulled the plug on the project.