Zemeckis Remakes “Yellow Submarine”

Robert Zemeckis is in negotiations to direct a 3D performance capture remake of The Beatles 1968 animated cult hit “Yellow Submarine” for Disney Pictures says Variety.

The original followed a soldier called Old Fred who meets up with the Beatles and travels in a yellow submersible to Pepperland. Among the group’s encounters are the Blue Meanies, music-hating creatures.

Disney is trying to acquire the rights to the music to the film including such Beatles classics as “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “When I’m Sixty-Four” and “With a Little Help From My Friends.”

The studio also plans to spin-off the production into a Broadway musical and a Cirque du Soleil stage production. The studio aims to have the film ready in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics.