Here's another item I picked up from AintItCool.com today: Disney and Robert Zemeckis are teaming up for a 3D-animated remake of the 1968 Beatles classic, Yellow Submarine.
I'm not a big fan of today's remakes. Yeah, me and everybody else. I wouldn't mind it so much if these movies were a genuine attempt to bring new ideas to older films, but let's be honest, most of them are not. I hate to sound like an old fogey, but in the old days you needed a reason to want to remake a film. In contrast, the majority of these "re-imaginings" that have come out in the last five years or so are solely motivated by money. It's about taking a cult or classic film with a built-in fan base and turning it into a brand, reducing it to a name to sell video games, slurpies and underwear.
The idea of Yellow Submarine getting the CGI update is cringe-inducing enough, but with Robert Zemeckis directing it, I feel much, much worse. The Polar Express, Beowulf, and the upcoming A Christmas Carol are products of a guy who seems hell-bent now on replacing actors on screen with computerized puppets. I don't even remember what was the last fully live-action movie he made. I've seen the trailer for A Christmas Carol, and I'm positive the movie is going to be less about the story and more about wowing the audience with cool-looking effects and 3-D. That's my biggest fear with a new Yellow Submarine: that every bit of the wondrous authenticity of the original will be sucked out in favor of just showing off.
I'm all in favor of introducing younger people to the music of The Beatles. It's been nearly forty years after they split up, but kids are still discovering and falling in love with The Beatles more than any other classic rock act. This past Wednesday (September 9, 2009), The Beatles' back catalog was (finally!) re-mastered and re-issued, and Electronic Arts released a Beatles version of the phenomenal video game series, Rock Band. These are awesome ways of passing the music of John, Paul, George, and Ringo to our youth, because that is what they are about: the music. A 3D Yellow Submarine by Robert Zemeckis is sure to be more about software and licensing.
Anyways, that's my take. Read the link and decide for yourself.