Beatle-maniacs looking forward to the much discussed redo of the band’s classic film Yellow Submarine may need a shoulder to cry on.
Deadline is reporting that mysterious insiders within Disney have confirmed that the Mouse House has dropped plans to make a stop-motion version of the film.
Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) was attached to direct the remake which was due to ramp up after his current Disney feature Mars Needs Moms hits theaters.
The animated feature about Martians kidnapping (momknapping?) a young boys mother and his adventure to save her, opened to a dismal $6.9 million domestically.
Many have speculated that the box office return on Mars Needs Moms killed off Disney’s plans for Yellow Submarine; a project that has been in development for years.
Insiders say that the Mars Needs Moms box office performance had nothing to do with the sinking of Yellow Submarine. Disney apparently made the decision before the release of the animated film, which comes on the heels of the firm closing one of its animation studios ImageMovers Digital.
Zemeckis is free to shop around Yellow Submarine to rival studios.
Yellow Submarine was set to open around the time of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.