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No No No No No — Please Don’t Remake ‘Yellow Submarine!’

posted by Nell Minow

Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump,” “Back to the Future”) has announced that he is teaming up with Disney to secure the rights to Beatles songs for a remake of “Yellow Submarine” that could include merchandising, a Broadway musical, and a Cirque du Soleil stage production.
I have nothing against remakes and re-imaginings. I am looking forward to the new “Fame” and have high hopes for the new “Harvey.” I like seeing old stories re-interpreted to reflect their times. But “Yellow Submarine” is a perfect movie just as it is and it is impossible for me to imagine any way that another version can do anything but diminish the simple beauty of the original’s story, music, and breathtaking animation.

  • jestrfyl

    OK, I am with you until I read that Cirque is involved. If any group of producers and actors could bring this thing to life action, it is they. One thing to their credit is that simply by virtue of being live action it cannot be a retooling of the classic. It must by definition be something different. So with that caveat, I am at least willing to consider the possibility of this project. If all else fails we will at least have the original to watch in livid day-glo glory!

  • Alicia

    I’m with you, Nell. Some classics just shouldn’t be remade, though sometimes the remake is the “classic” version, I doubt it would be so in this case.

  • monkie

    There’s a Cyclops.
    Can’t be. He’s got two eyes.

    Then it must be a bi-Cyclops.
    classic.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Oh, monkie, you make me want to watch it all over again!

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