Despite Disney seemingly shutting it down, Robert Zemeckis’ Imagemovers company looks like it could be undergoing a resurrection as it is reportedly in negotiations to sign a two-year first-look deal with Universal says The Hollywood Reporter.
The previous deal with Disney was a rich one which included the creation of a studio facility in California where Zemeckis and up to several hundred employees made motion-capture movies like “The Polar Express,” “Beowulf” and “Mars Needs Moms”.
This deal with Universal however is a more traditional production pact with the length and details still being finalised. Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke would develop and produce both live-action and motion capture projects.
Imagemovers is producing an adaptation of Chuck Sambuchino’s book “How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack” at Sony Pictures Animation. They were also developing a remake of classic Beatles film “Yellow Submarine” but it’s not known if this will still go forward at Universal.