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Yellow Submarine Being Remade by Disney & Robert Zemeckis

A new Beatles age is upon with The Beatles: Rockband, the digital remastering of the band's song catalog, and now Variety's report that Walt Disney is teaming up with director Robert Zemeckis for a remake of 1968's fab animated film, Yellow Submarine.
Notes Variety's Peter Bart, "The studio has been quietly brokering a complicated rights deal that would give Zemeckis access to 16 original Beatles songs for a movie he will direct in the performance-capture 3-D digital production format he employed for A Christmas Carol... The hope is to have Yellow Submarine ready to premiere around the 2012 Summer Olympics, which begins July 27 in London... The deal marries cutting-edge 3-D feature technology with a surging reinterest in The Beatles, who appeared only in the film’s closing scene. Actors provided the voices for the animated characters of Beatles Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.... Key to the deal is Zemeckis’ ability to use a treasure trove of classic Beatles tunes... The deal has been months in the making with armies of lawyers and sources said that rights will encompass the future prospects of a Broadway stage musical -- much as Disney accomplished with The Lion King, a Cirque du Soleil stage production (Love, a production based on Beatles tunes, has been running for two years at The Mirage) and merchandise."
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