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Fab Four begins taking shape for Zemeckis' YELLOW SUBMARINE!

Hey folks, Harry here at home watching the remake of FAME, working on the DVD columns, twitter in the background when Edgar Wright retweet's a link to an EMPIRE story announcing Peter Serafinowicz, the voice of Darth Maul, will be Zemeckis' Paul McCartney in his performance capture remake of the classic 2D YELLOW SUBMARINE. I must have completely missed the prior announcements of Cary Elwes as George Harrison, Adam Campbell as Ringo Starr and Dean Lennox Kelly as John Lennon. And I'm pretty sure I didn't know that FAB 4, a Beatles Tribute band, were covering the singing performances. Now, that may be the wealth of the knowledge you can gain by clicking that EMPIRE link and laughing as you think about that final paragraph. Go on, try it. Then think of all those smug British folks that have no idea why we can't!

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  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:25 a.m. CST


    by The_Crimson_King

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:25 a.m. CST

    I couldn't resist guys, sorry

    by The_Crimson_King

    I'm a baaaaaaaaaaaad booooooooy!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST


    by dark-knight02

    does that make me second. Yay!! Covers? Really?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Hey folks, Harry here at home watching the remake of FAME

    by SaskQuatch

    Do you and your wife like self-torture????

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Harry, will you eventually review "Daybreakers"?

    by blakindigo

    Would like to read your thoughts…

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Song Covers? No Thank You.

    by Bungion Boy

    I hope the Fab 4 are just being brought in to do some bridge work, and that we'll get real Beatles songs played in their entirety. And I would really love the song list to be drastically different from the original. Would love for this to be more of a sequel than a straight up remake.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Bring in Terry Gilliam if you're serious.

    by malificus

    Otherwise, why bother when the original was so damn awesome? I have a door in my house that opens onto George's phantasmigorical realm.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Beatles movies without the Beatles don't work...

    by milla jovovich

    see any commercial featuring a Beatles song or the entirety of Across The Universe.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:59 a.m. CST

    It didn't even take an hour.....

    by dark-knight02

    and Across the Universe came up. Yikes.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Fab Four begins taking shape for Zemeckis.....

    by dark-knight02

    VOLTRON!!!! Kinda.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST


    by Hideo Kojima

    I'm a big Beatles fan and I will not see this.. it's a traveshamockery. The original is replete with late 60s sensibility and that is where it belongs.. What good can come of remaking this? Release the original on BLU RAY and call it a fucking night..

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Al Brodax's production of "Strawberry Fields"

    by bunkyboo

    ...was a little known animated feature based on Beatles songs being produced at NYIT's computer graphics lab in the 1980's. In fact MJ's version of "Come Together" was going to be featured in the film. I saw about 4o minutes of it at NYIT, though it was never released.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    BTW, Brodax produced the original Yellow Submarine

    by bunkyboo

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    This sounds bad.

    by veebeeyes

    Is this really something that needs to be remade? Is this really something that's going to benefit from a cover band and people covering the band members' voices? Is there some demographic out there who is clamoring for a remake of Yellow Submarine? This doesn't just sound bad, this sounds fucking stupid. If Zemeckis wants to make something in this vein, then why not just hire Foo Fighters or something and do something fucking original? Fuck this shit. Remake of Yellow I've heard everything. Not only is it a fucking travesty, but who the fuck is this movie even for? Who the fuck even wants to see this? Beatles fans are going to avoid it like the plague, and everyone else is going to not give a flying fuck since they don't give a fuck about The Beatles. This is seriously one of the worst ideas I've ever heard.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Zemeckis + "Performance Capture"

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    Really making me fucking sick, he needs to realize how much he sucks at it and get back to making real movies. People reminisce about Back to the Future and Forrest Gump for a reason, they don't sit around and talk about how wicked The Polar Express or Beowulf is.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Remake HELP! with motion capture

    by ricarleite2

    A thingie! A fiendish thingie!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Zemeckis is poison for me

    by AsimovLives

    And this assclown is already making me hate this movie sight unseen. Fucking up The Beatles, hem? Because fucking up a millenarium piece of english literature (Beowulf) and Charles Dickens wasn't enough. Screw this hack, man!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:21 a.m. CST

    So who should play Michel Jackson, in

    by TheNorthlander

    Zemeckis' mo-cap remake of MOONWALKER?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:22 a.m. CST

    guy made I Wanna Hold Your Hand

    by Kevin Bosch

    Just saying

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Why does this reminds me of...

    by ricarleite2

    ... the Bee Gees Sgt Pepper's movie? And also "All this and World War 2"?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:24 a.m. CST


    by Box_Bruceleitner

    Agreed on Beowulf. When he first conceived of the idea I went along with it, he promised something groundbreaking, something we had never seen before and I remember thinking "fuck yeah, this could be great!" Then I saw the trailer... Jesus Christ, what a disappointing movie. And yes he keeps on championing this whole performance/motion capture thing; does anyone here actually want more of it from him?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:31 a.m. CST

    No way is this real.

    by CoursinLarry

    I don't know. It just sorta seems a little too early for the casting to be done. Plus, there's no way they wouldn't just use the original Beatles songs. Why would they bother having a tribute band re-record the songs?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:32 a.m. CST

    If The original Music still exists Why use Knockoffs?

    by Roborob

    I could get Modern Artists redoing Beatles Songs, I could ubnderstand using the original songs But using a rip Off band to sing sub standard songs? Something is very wrong indeed.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Zemeckis lost his mind years ago!

    by Orionsangels

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Across The Universe was great

    by AsimovLives

    And this coming from a person who is allergic to musicals.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives


  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Serafinowicz = hilarious as McCartney

    by MaxCalifornia.

    Fuck, he should play Ringo as well.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Justin Long

    by damned-dirty-ape

    Should be George Harrison. His brief turn on Walk Hard was genius. Funny and brilliant.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Dear, Robert Zemeckis...

    by DrunkyMcLush

    Remember when you were a respected filmmaker who made live action movies (and not CG Motion Capture ones which would be so much better as live action)?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:20 a.m. CST

    I liked everything about this until...

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    I just found out they are using a cover band! wtf!? voices are one thing, that's fine, but to not use the songs!?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:22 a.m. CST

    he's gonna use performance capture...

    by Obscura

    ... to remake an animated movie? has he totally lost it now? he thinks he's going to improve on the madness of the original by tying it down to real world physics and lack of exaggerated movment? what a pillock. If hes got any brains, he'll march on over to Pixar and beg for some help. he needs it.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:37 a.m. CST


    by barnaby jones

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Reality does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    After becoming a teensy bit addicted to THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND I was pretty interested in this project.<p> The CG intro to the video game is outstanding, and if Harmonix can put together a compelling four minute CG mini-movie like that then maybe Zemeckis can put together an equally compelling feature length one, right?<p> IF HE USED THEIR FUCKING MUSIC!!!<p> Dialogue voices fine and dandy - they werent the original Beatles in the first YELLOW SUBMARINE - but why have a cover band singing their tracks????!!!!<p> We've just had the entire Beatles back-catalogue remastered so it sounds like it was recorded yesterday. And yet you've got a cover band singing new vocals????<p> ARE YOU CHANGING THE WORDS ZEMECKIS?? WHY THE FUCK CANT YOU USE THE ORIGINAL RECORDING???<p> Is it a 'legal' thing? If so, then dont make the fucking movie at all.<p> As I said I *was* interested in this. Not any more.<p> BINO = Beatles in name only.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Please god stop this madness!

    by Preacher_mg

    Can't something be done about Zemeckis and his horde of all-singing, all-dancing, 3d reanimated corpses? This and a cover band... How many bad ideas can you cram into a single project?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Imagine there's no remakes...

    by Wookie_Weed

    It's easy if you try No reboots either Above us only sky Imagine all the people Watching original films... Oh yoohoo oooh....

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 5:31 a.m. CST

    john and george are starting to spin

    by Jonny_boba

    this is just generally a bad idea isnt it? YOU SIMPLY DO NOT MESS WITH THE BEATLES RECORDINGS how can zemeckis expect them to be anyhting but shallow imitations. i mean if they are really good impressions then it kind of makes it even more pointless for excluding the originals. As a limey from blighty i heartily express my disgust in this idea. peace and love

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 5:51 a.m. CST

    All we are saying...

    by ricarleite2

    ... is give live action a chance...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Aicn you got it wrong

    by Celtican

    The Fab 4 are only being used for the performance motion capture not to perform the songs. The Beatles songs are the originals!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Roborob and Cobra--Kai.

    by UltimaRex

    The single best point I've ever heard on a talkback behind YOU CAN'T KILL A KID IN A SUPERMAN MOVIE! Kudos sirs.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    "Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song, and I'll try to sing it like the original recording artist..."

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Thanks Celtican...

    by UltimaRex

    My blood pressure did not need that...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Uh, is there an audience for this?

    by HagCeli

    Seriously, who needs this? I love my Beatles and the original movie, and I just can't understand why in hell Zemeckis might want to remake it. Just one of the weirdest choices I've heard for a remake in a very long time. My god, what's wrong with Hollywood?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:07 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Ultimarex, I cant speak for Roborob but your kudos makes me feel strong inside!<p> Time to break some boards - the 15cm mahogany this time...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:07 a.m. CST

    My point exactly Celtican

    by mortsleam

    There'd be no use in doing a remake if Zemeckis couldn't get his hands on the original Beatles songs. So the Fab 4 are being used to motion capture the music performances. Unless they're going to do "Stairway to Help" <p>

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST

    I don't get the whole cover band thing either

    by Spandau Belly

    But I'll wait until I actually hear some of it to get an idea of how they are being used.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Robert Zemeckis is fucking insane. Mo-CRAP sucks.

    by THEE Miracleman

    Watch the making of Beowulf on the dvd when he's standing next to Anthony Hopkins, who's wearing long underwear/mo-cap jammies, and says "This is the only way to make movies. I wish I could have made all my movies this way."

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Ain't It Plagiarised News

    by mr jones

    So to clarify, this column misreports information taken directly from another website, (with a handy link), and then the owner of this film news site admits that 3 of the 4 major roles had already been cast and he wasn't aware. Not to seem picky, but that's some weak ass reporting...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:33 a.m. CST

    ok we can calm down a bit now. not covers!

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    That will teach me to read something on the internet and flip my lid. FAB 4 just being using for motion capture. phew...hold on I read that on the internet too! I FUCKING HATE THE WEB!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:34 a.m. CST


    by bobjustbob

    ...from a movie camera or MoCap stage.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:35 a.m. CST

    THEE Miracleman, have to disagree

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    Mocap doesn't suck. GOllum and Avatar are proof of that if you like the movies or not. It's just a tool and in the wrong hands someone can do crap things with it. As tech is really quite fucking amazing.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:37 a.m. CST

    I'll add kong to lotr and avatar too

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    Whatever your thoughts on the film it's self, you have to admit that kong himself was pretty incredible in how he moved with the use of mocap and looked in cgi.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Son of Aragorn

    by SonOfAragorn

    So is this crap a remake or reboot? Can someone make a goddamn original movie already!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7 a.m. CST

    Hey Paul, let's get rid of Clarence and steal all his good ideas

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Doomed from the start

    by Eyegore

    I'm pretty good at calling total failures in movies, like that recent amelia earhart biopic...I haven't even see any proof that it failed, but i knew in my heart it was a big turd when saw the trailer, that only a small handful of people would ever pay to see. Well, a remake of Yellow Submarine? Just as stupid. Maybe they'll get some sales from the geezer nostalgia crowd, but they'd be just as likely to hate it for being a remake, with computers. I expect this movie to come and go with little notice. They could have asked me sooner and saved millions of dollars.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    ...sure, they were great. I 'm sure after Leonardo...

    by FlickaPoo

    DaVinci died people had the decency to say...", that was some good painting, drawing, and sculpting. I say we give this shit a rest until the late 1800's or so...maybe the twentieth 'bout it?"...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Re: Nasty in the Pasty

    by SK229

    ROFLMAO!!!!!! Eddie Murphy as the 5th Beatle. I loved the doctored photos they had of him with them. <p>On a side note, after Avatar, can anyone take Zemeckis' mo-cap movies seriously anymore? Seriously? Didn't Cameron just effectively end any interest in these fucking things if they aren't either A) Photorealistic or B) Twisted into cartoon-like caricatures after the mo-cap is done?<p>Also, I would have been interested in the team that did the animations for Beatles: Rock Band (father got it for Christmas, I'm addicted to those damn drums), being given a much bigger budget and doing the whole story. I think whomever did those 'got' the Beatles and the imagery WAY more than Taymor did with her pos movie.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    "Bad trip! Bad trip!"

    by Darkman

    "Oh, fuck me! I can see my large intestine!" <br><br> We already have one movie with trippy cartoon Beatles. Who said it needed a remake?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    For those in the US who cant access the Empire site

    by RingosNose

    It says 'But in an odd twist, they won't be needed for the musical numbers - that duty will fall to tribute band Fab 4, who will be playing along to actual Beatles tracks. Sounds like overkill, if you ask us' but then again if you just google you can find this link from ABC - which basically says the same thing. Weak reporting Harry, you should know better and check your facts

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Zemeckis should do a CGI Used Cars sequel

    by The_Crimson_King

    with CGI Kurt Russell and CGI Cheryl Rixon's boobs

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    actually you know what would be really cool?

    by The_Crimson_King

    a 3D CGI Pink Floyd movie with trippy animation accompanying Dark Side of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall, that would be pretty interesting

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    All Together Now...

    by JemimaLee

    Really don't know how to react to this. I love the original Yellow Submarine, and I keep wishing maybe they'd bring it out on blu-ray or something. But a modern 3D version? Possibly without the original songs? It's almost blasphemy! But I'll give it the benefit of the doubt, because generally I like Zemekis, and because HOPEFULLY if something like this is given some modern oomph it'll get more people, who weren't geeky enough to love the original, the chance to enjoy it, and maybe start listening to The Beatles. And I gotta agree with an earlier comment: The Beatles Rock Band was bloody brilliant.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST

    of course it doesnt get better than...

    by The_Crimson_King

    Gerald Scarfe's animations in The Wall movie

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Since this will be so shitty . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . can't it be the Sgt.Peppers remake?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    RingosNose, Nose you seem to know things... Pls clarify - is it the Beatles music or the cover bands?<p> ps. Taymor's ACROSS THE UNIVERSE seemed more like a remake of HAIR than anthing Beatlesy. I applauded her effort but didn't much like the end result.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Big flop. Wont even sell DvD's to the stoner crowd

    by tradeskilz

    Too messed up for the normal audience and not messed up enough for the psychonauts.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Performance Cap and MoCap sucks?

    by nnnuts

    I'm sorry but did no one see...ohh...A Christmas Carol or AVATAR?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    This will definitely be one of those movies that...

    by kevred randomly come across on Netflix a few years later and wonder, "why the hell was that movie ever made?"

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    A Christmas Carol and AVATAR

    by kevred

    Both sucked.<p>Money does not equal quality.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    No, nnnuts, MoCap only sucks . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . in the hands of Zemeckis.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Zemeckis must be crying after he saw Avatar.

    by AsimovLives

    James Cameron showed that poseur Zemeckis how Mo-Cap is really done. Zemeckis should quit while he still hasn't fucked up completly the good will he gain with the Back To The Future and Retard Gump movies.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST


    by nobbythehappyelf

    What a waste of fucking time. I hate the beatles & I hate oasis. Bunch of retarded fuckspoons

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Cobra Kai

    by RingosNose

    It's definitely going to be the Beatles original tracks used in the movie (16 it's reported). The 'Fab 4' covers band are being motion captured for the musical performances. I think the confusion stems from Harry's report and his use of the word 'covered'

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST


    by RingosNose

    That's a shame, they speak highly of you.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    And so they should...

    by nobbythehappyelf

    cunch of(50% dead thank the lord) scouse bunts

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    CHLOE trailer - Seyfried boobs

    by Kaiser Soze

    Anyone interested in the new movie Chloe, where Julianne Moore hires hooker Amanda Seyfried to test her hubby Liam Neeson's fidelity, there's an R-rated International trailer that includes a nice Seyfried boob shot. Just thought I'd pass it along...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    from the Peter Serafinowicz Show

    by MaliceHighload

    YouTube, instant gratification:

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST

    mIDWAY THROUGH FILMING, yellow submarine gets REBOOTED!

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    They should reboot the reboot halfway through.Although its animated, who cares! Just start over again now!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Nice Marmot, like waht you did there

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    hehe very good :)

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Julianne Moore should have hired Brad Chavez

    by kikuchiyoboy

    He get's the job done.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Um AsimovLives, you don't know anything about movies

    by Player_Two_has_entered_the_game

    Here's some info for you to help you understand. There wouldn't even be Avatar at this point in time if it wasn't for Lucas, Jackson and Zemeckis pushing the mocap to the point it is today. So crying? nope. More proud than anything else I would guess. I'm also guessing you haven't seen a christmas carol yet right? You can't have to have made such a stupid comment. The Motion capture in that is outstanding. Nice try at hacking on 'ol bobby boy, but no banana! Your opinon on him or his recent films means fuck all when he's being hailed as one of the pioneers of this tech in future years. Where as you will most likely still be on these talkbacks crying "Zemeckis should quit! jar jar! Shit Trek! boo hoo. I done did a boo boo out of my bot bot"

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Yellow Submarine was too trippy....

    by thot

    ..and I'm a big Beatles fan. Just can't seem to get through it again. (Saw it as a wee lad). Some great music for sure, but just too freaking strange.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Beatles Tribute Band FAB 4?

    by madCanada

    Uggh ... Bury My Heart at "Let It Be".

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    After watching "Avatar" Zemeckis should just retire from the biz

    by Flip63Hole

    His "films" look like cut-scenes for video games from the last century...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    I hate all of Zemeckis' Animations

    by Rene_Belloq_12inch_Figure

    They are stupid. He should only produce movies and do more Back to the Future, Michael J. Fox goes to the future find the cure for Parkinsons.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    FAB 4?

    by pdburnsy

    Is FAB 4 another tribute band? I know there is the Fab Faux.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Why remake this? So it can be screened in IMAX 3D

    by skimn

    Just like every other "event" movie, or "trippy" movie from this point forward. Oh, and the $$$$$$$$$$$

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST


    by skimn

    it makes me sad.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Zemeckis used to be a clever filmmaker

    by skimn

    who could take a good story and "tell" it well. Now its all about getting our eyeballs fucked.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Why does Zemeckis keeps doing this mo-cap films?

    by Marksman230591

    Now, I haven't watched A Christmas Carol, but I have seen both Beowulf and Polar Express, and both sucked big time. And it seems pretty much that anyone who disliked those films dislikes Christmas Carol too, so I'll most likely fit in that group. Can't Zemeckis stop with the mo-cap obsession? Avatar has already made his work obsolete, he should go back to doing live-action films. Some people know how to use mo-cap, some don't. And Zemeckis is one who doesn't. All characters so far in his pictures haven't been convincing enough for me to hop in on his mo-cap film bandwagon. Not anticipating Yellow Submarine at all.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    And for anyone who say

    by Marksman230591

    that there wouldn't be an Avatar today if it wasn't for the advances in mo-cap, I think you can take Zemeckis out of the picture. The ones that did the REAL advancement of it and showed just how well it could be used was Peter Jackson and WETA, not the hack that Zemeckis has become.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Quite possibly

    by NippleEffect

    the worst idea for a remake <p> <center>EVAR</center>

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by Stifler's Mom

    PLEASE stop plugging away on these lifeless mo-cap adaptations and just give us one more live-action, original piece of work.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    The music issue gives the Beatles tv cartoon bragging rights

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    Because at least it had original Beatles songs. tinyurl. com/ybgwr78

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    McCartney needs to finance his next divorce settlement

    by PoutineForEveryone

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Yellow Submarine remake w/out original Bealtes Music? Why Bother


    A "Yellow Submarine" remake without Beatles music? DON'T BOTHER. The idea of bringing in a cover band to do Beatles tunes is sacrilege.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    The Beatles sold more cd's that any band this decade


    The Beatles continued popularity is amazing. I was reading last night that they are still the biggest selling band in the world. The sold more cd's from 00-09 than any other band + they had the biggest selling single cd of the decade. There will never be another "Beatles" Imagine what the demand would be to see them live in concert if they were all alive today? They would crush the records set by The Rolling Stones recent masssive tours.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    The whole "cover band" thing...

    by Kirbymanly

    There's no way in hell that can be true. NO ONE is that insane.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Didn't A Christmas Carol kind of bomb?

    by skimn

    At least domestically?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Yellow Submarine

    by I_am_Torgo

    The master would not approve....

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    I predict

    by master_of_realty

    a spike in parking lot hotboxing when this gets released. I can't wait.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    LOL Zemeckis still hasn't gotten the clue

    by TheWaqman

    that his motion capture work is just absolute shit. I actually feel sorry for him, he's been making this shit for years and he's still stuck in 'dead-eye' territory. James Cameron just takes one stab at it and it's already infinitely better. Not to mention 2002(!!!)'s fucking Two Towers has better mo-cap than Zemeckis can ever achieve. What's up with this moron?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST


    by conspiracy

    Was this acid trip screaming for a remake? Is the world demanding a return to the psychedelic aesthetic?</p><p>Don't get me wrong...I love barely there crocheted bikini clad, stringing haired, waif thin high as a fucking kite women of highly questionable morals as much as the next guy;....but The Yellow Submarine? fuck.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Not to mention POTC's Davy Jones

    by skimn

    A totally realistic MoCap performance. Maybe because its ILM, and Jackson (& Cameron) use Weta. Does Sony Imageworks do the work for Zemeckis? Maybe thats the cause to blame.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Last name looks pretty straight-forward to me.

    by Lenny Nero

    Empire, America is a cultural melting pot, and we have last names just like. <p>I mean, I disparage my own country all the time, but I think we can handle that last name.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Davy Jones was part practical/part CGI....

    by TheWaqman

    he looked really cool. But Gollum is still the most impressive for me considering how old the character is now and how engaging he was too.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:43 a.m. CST

    What the fuck is this shit?

    by Kontarsky

    Jesus christ, makes me want to watch the 1970s Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club band again. At least it's closer to the time the Beatles actually existed. Across the Universe sucks bollocks, btw.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Come together.. right now....

    by gotilk

    all over Rob's face.<br><br> COVER BAND? <br> Not only was I FOR this before today, I was fucking EXCITED about it. Now I want to turn into a blue meanie and face-fuck Zemeckis to death with my giant, spiney blue cock.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Gary Oldman could do all four voices himself.

    by Royston Lodge

    Anybody see him on The Tonight Show (WITH CONAN O'BRIEN) last night?<p> He did a wicked impression of each Beatle.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:47 a.m. CST

    The Monkees were part CGI?!?!

    by Royston Lodge

    Makes sense, when you stop to think about it . . .

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST


    by RingosNose

    Read the Empire article it clearly states that they are only being used for...oh why do I bother

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    It will bomb big time.

    by Jamie McBain

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Cover music?!? WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by We_like_it_VERY_MUCH

    Uh, WHY?!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Cover band will be MIMICKING THE MOVEMENTS!

    by TheWaqman

    of the performances you dumb little shits.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    thats not what he said in the post

    by Phategod2

    Good Grief!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Music will not be COVERS

    by KnightBorn

    Jesus, I think only about 1% of you actually read the links provided on this site and the rest just talk shit about the small summary AICN posts about a story. The cover band is only used for the performance capture, not the music. Why? Because Zemeckis wants realistic Beatles movement. Ever see Beatles footage? They did move in recognizable ways, be it head bobs, instrument playing and foot movement and lots of little stuff that doesnt seem like much but does all add up to a believable performance. And a good Beatles cover band will have spent years perfecting these little movements. So why not use their experience. Then he can use actual actors for, oh, I dont know, the ACTING. I dont see anything wrong with his thinking.<P>And the amount of hate spewed on AICN talkbacks never ceases to amaze me. "I hate Beatles, this sucks, why do this, why do that, I hate everything and everyone needs to know I hate everything". This movie MAY suck but I think I will just wait and see the movie when it comes out and THEN decide.<P>As for Bob's performance capture sucking, I will agree that Polar Express sucked but Beowulf was okay, not great, just okay. But his A Christmas Carol was pretty damn good. I didnt want to go but was dragged to it by my wife and while I was sure I would hate it, I was pleasantly surprised.<P>And regardless of your opinion of his mocap movies, SOMEONE has to be on the leading edge of this style of movie making. Someone has to dedicate himself to pushing the limits and coming up with improvements.....even if the results are meh. I am sure with any talented painter, if you go back far enough to his childhood you will see art that, well, kinda sucked and looked childish, like crappy chicken scratch. Why? Cause it takes time to discover one's talent. I liken this to Zemeckis and other movie makers using mocap.<P>So just be patient with this era of mocap because their efforts are helping to create technology that will allow amazing movies to be made in the near future. Some would say that time is now, with Avatar. I LOVE Avatar but I think there is still a lot of room for mocap and rendering improvements. I believe we are only a decade away from a truly photo relistic rendering of another human in a movie. Not aliens, not bugs, not furry animals but actual believable humans. Oh they get close now but we all know you can still tell the difference. But I think we will eventually not be able to detect what is real and what isnt and this will open up creative possibilities for movie makers to such a degree that if they can think it, they can film it. I am looking forward to it and am happy to let these moviemakers "ckicken scratch" their way thru this learning period.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    RingosNose, cheers for the clarification. Yep... thank Harry for the confusion. Amateur.<p> Kaiser Soze, nice one on the CHLOE link. Im really looking forward to that movie in a 'late-night blu-ray wearing dressing gown wankathon kinda way'.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    To say Zemeckis became a disapointment is an understatment

    by AsimovLives

    I fucking hate him. Fuck Zemeckis. This assclown needs to get kicked out of making movies. He's past his validation date. Thrown him to the trash with the rest of the litter. And now, after AVATAR, completly obsolete. Get out, Zemeckis, and close the door on your way out! Fucking ass!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Seems it took Zemeckis to finally united us in agreement on something. So, that assclown Zemeckis has an use after all!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    First, Zemeckis took a shit on Carl Sagan

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Then, Zemeckis took a shit on a christmas story

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Then, Zemeckis took a shit on an ancient classic

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Then, Zemeckis took a shit on Charles Dickens

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Then, Zemeckis will take a shit on The Beatles

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Zemeckis really hates the world and mankind...

    by AsimovLives

    ... and he's going to make us suffer for it, with his movies!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    If you want an even bigger laugh...

    by Triple_J_72

    Click on Empire's list of "10 Actors Who Could Take Over Spider-Man." Jesus Christ...

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Zemeckis also made BACK TO THE FUTURE Asi... so back off the man. He earned a pass with that classic.<p> Plus now I know that this *will* feature original Beatles music im interested once again. Call me an optomist but this could be cool!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Nohe doesn't. In fact, he deserves even ore criticism because of that. Because once he was alright. And now he's an assclown. Fucker can't excuse himself for all eternity on the strengh of past glories.<br><br>If you want cool use of Beatles songs to tell as story, watch ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. That one was made by a proper talented director.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    ok, i'm going to rewrite that post again.

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    No he doesn't get any pass. In fact, he deserves even more criticism because of that. Because once he was alright, a proper filmmaker. And now he's an assclown. Fucker can't excuse himself for all eternity on the strengh of past glories.<br><br> If you want cool use of Beatles songs to tell as story in a movie, watch ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. That one was made by a proper talented director.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Zemecki's next folly will make me like ACROSS THE UNIVERSE more

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Zemeckis is one of my favorite directors

    by IndyCollector

    I can't wait for this. It's definitely an interesting pick for a remake.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Why can't someone do a biography film

    by SithMenace

    of the Beatles, in the style of Walk the Line and Ray? It's a pretty good story and has a built in audience.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    To tell the tale of The Beatles, you would need a trilogy of movies each lasting 4 hours.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    This will be the YELLOW PILE OF CRAP!

    by Violator90

    I showed my brother; who was about 8 or 9 at the time, the original YELLOW SUBMARINE on tape(yeah I'm Old School ;)). He loved it so much that he stole my tape. The point I'm trying to make is that kids KNOW what is good and what is crap. The original was good and still hold up today. As some one mentioned that a Beatles movie without the original Beatles music will not work. Again, Hollywood never ceases to amaze me at the depth of stupidity that they will come up with.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Don'tcha just love...

    by the_beard_of_Chuck_Norris

    That Harry will always state that he is working on his weekly DVD column but then we never see it for that week?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    If people dislike the fucking Beatles,

    by Madcapper

    then why bother with this fucking talkback? And that was all I wanted to say on the whole fucking matter. Not because I fucking hate the band,I just fucking dislike their music. Consider this fucking post an example of the average talkbacker's use of the english fucking language. I believe many of you fuckers are native speakers, why not fucking act like it, and use the vocabulary?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    People who don't like The Beatles

    by AsimovLives

    just don't like music. Period.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by atomride

    As much as this sounds bad (concept in general), the Beatles' cover band is only doing the motion captures! Original Beatles music will be used! Peter S is a very funny guy (Spaced, Look Around You season 1) and the use of 3D in Avatar gives hope if psychedelica is "properly" employed... BUT a remake of YS is still not the best way to make $$$ at the box office.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by RingosNose

    Someone on here summed it better that I ever could 'There are those who like the Beatles and those who don't know them'

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by Madcapper

    So when I say that the Beatles doesn't really do it for me,that means I don't like music,or haven't heard the band? Or does it mean that the music I do like must be shit, because no one with good taste can possibly dislike the Beatles? I like a few Lennon songs. Is that enough for the elitist wannabe's? Do I have to like McCartney too? I mean, just tell me what to like,this is too much to bear!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    The last Zemeckis I enjoyed was "Contact"—flawed? Yes—

    by blakindigo

    —but it had some very effective moments and although it may have 'softened' much of Sagen's ideas, it also broadened them for the mainstream sensibility. That's not an easy feat.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST


    by blakindigo

    But, do you like "Rubber Soul"?

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Harry, I've read this 4 times. What does your last sentence mea

    by briantag

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Gary Oldman

    by master_of_realty

    rocked the shit on Conan last night.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    The surviving Beatles will not care at all

    by malificus

    about this project any more than they cared about the original, which is sad since the original rocked. They had a deal for another film, they granted rights for someone to make Yellow Submarine, a couple Beatles even made it to the premiere. They were pleasantly surprised at the quality, but had virtually nothing to do with it and wrapped the worst soundtrack album (worst Beatle album as well)around it to boot. The remastered soundtrack from a few years ago kicked ass, but they won't give a rats ass about the re-make, just send the money. Paul's got a hot new girl young enough to be his daughter and baby needs another tropical vacation.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Yellow Submarine Blu-ray? Where is it?

    by BackRiverCatfish

    I'd settle for that. I got the remastered song/soundtrack album from a couple years back too, mostly for a few songs I didn't have like Hey Bulldog. The original songs from the movie range from the fun, All Together Now, to the un-listenable, Only A Northern Song. Just release a great Blu-ray transfer and leave it there!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Zemeckis seriously should do live action again

    by The_Crimson_King

    I mean ok, I enjoyed A Christmas Carol, but come on! he's done 3 CGI flicks in a row and hasn't done a live action movie in almost a decade now, time to return to live action already!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Zemeckis will forever get a pass though...

    by The_Crimson_King

    for not only the Back To The Future movies, but also for Who Framed Roger Rabbit

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Why is this happening?

    by Jaka

    I really don't understand. It actually makes my head hurt to think about it. Just, stop it. Do something new and creative, PLEASE!

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST


    by madCanada

    ... now that I would see.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    briantag, are you joking or serious?

    by finky089

    He's talking about the "smug" last line in the Empire article that suggests ignorant Americans won't be able to pronounce Seripehooheywhatiz's last name. You know,the guy that will voice McCartney's character. <p> Anyway, looks like the Brit's may have a point, despite harry's disdain for their "smugness".

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Looks like "Sgt. Pepper's" redux. Where's Frampton?

    by Redmond

    Let's face it: Zemeckis's foray into 3D, mo-cap exposes what a visionless hack he really is, esp. considering to what Cameron just pulled off.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Dear Zemeckis:

    by critch

    Go watch Avatar, realize nothing you will ever do in mocap will ever match a tenth of that movie's effects, then go back to live action.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by Hideo Kojima

    you shut your fucking mouth and take back what you said about "Only a Northern Song!"

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST


    by Madcapper

    Can't say that I have. I understand it is widely regarded as one of the Beatles' finest recordings. Maybe I'll check it out one day, see if it can change my preferances, so people can feel comfortable knowing I am one of them..

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Zemeckis is the new Ralph Bakshi??!!

    by blakindigo

    NO! And, again: NO!! Bakshi used rotoscoping as a way to save money on his later films. "Fire and Ice" it was used to help give dimension to the animators drawings, with Frazetta himself going over tons of key poses. Bakshi never intended to rely on rotoscoping but he didn't have the budget to do full scale battle scenes like he wanted to. It wasn't as an innovation.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    That should read: It wasn't used as an innovation.

    by blakindigo

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are still alive!

    by Wookie_Weed

    Well, there's a question mark over McCartney. And they're not exactly as spritely as they were 40 years ago, but why has Zemeckis chosen a tribute band over the real deal? Sony may as well announce Zemeckis for Spiderman and be done with it.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:49 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    My mainstream sensebilities, you mean the midwest neo-con christian fundie loonies?

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 3:53 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Wrong. His past glories will only take him so far. And he far overreached it already.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Dear Zemeckis

    by AsimovLives

    Retire from filmmaking already. Goodbye and never come back.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    I'll probably see this, goddamit

    by FeralAngel

    I love Jeremy Hilary Boob, the Blue Meanies, Sgt. Pepper and Pepperland so much I won't be able to resist seeing this travesty. Even though this version of the Yellow Sub will probably sink faster than the Titanic. "Nearer my God to thee..."

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Gollum had a lot of Keyframing ...

    by redmercury

    Gollum is not the best example to explain the advances that lead to Avatar. At least half of his performance was keyframed ... The big advances in AVATAR have come from the development of image-based markerless motion capture technology and some very precise facial rigging.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Hideo Kojima

    by BackRiverCatfish

    I should've said slightly un-listenable!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    Zemeckis should just retire if he keeps up with...

    by Marksman230591

    these mo-cap films. The guy's done some great movies in the past, but after he started this obsession with mo-cap, his films have been nothing but crappy. Avatar has made his mo-cap films obsolete and irrelevant. If Zem keeps going ahead with these crappy mo-cap films and doesn't do any other live-action films, the guy's just gonna turn into the next George Lucas.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Bloddy Hell!

    by Wrath4771

    I don't even get real Beatles music out of this?!?

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    If the Beatles Toured...

    by Wrath4771

    If you could getThe Beatles to go on tour the billion dollars they were offered in the 70's would be a light offer. I think you'd have to go 4 billion and pray for a 30 minutes set. But that would be ....freakin' awesome!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    "LET IT BE" in IMAX CGI 3-D ....

    by madCanada

    Now that I would see.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    "LET IT BE" is actually on YouTube

    by BackRiverCatfish

    and thats the only place you'll see it as long as Paul and Ringo live.

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