Robert Zemeckis boards Yellow Submarine

After months of legal music rights wrangling, Robert Zemeckis has won the battle for Pepperland - he can make a new version of Yellow Submarine.

It'll come as no surprise that he's planning to give it a fully 3D, performance capture-based makeover, and with the backing of Disney, he plans to have it finished for summer 2012.

Zemeckis has access to some 16 Beatles tunes, including 'All You Need Is Love', 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' and 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band'.

It's not known how much of the original, psychedelic plot - which saw music-loathing Blue Meanies capture Pepper and his musical team, with the Fab Four coming to the rescue in the titular craft - will be maintained for the new pic.

Because this is the Mouse House, it's naturally not happening in a vacuum - the plan is to spin the new movie off into the likes of a Broadway musical and a Cirque du Soleil show...

[Source: Variety ]

A new Yellow Submarine? A good plan or pure Beatlemania?

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James White is a freelance journalist who has been covering film and TV for over two decades. In that time, James has written for a wide variety of publications including Total Film and SFX. He has also worked for BAFTA and on ODEON's in-cinema magazine.