Tuesday, January 12, 2010

And the Beatles are...

From ComingSoon.net:

"Heat Vision reports that Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell are in talks to play The Beatles in Robert Zemeckis' Yellow Submarine at Walt Disney Pictures.

In the 3D performance capture film, Kelly (BBC's 'Robin Hood', [Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel]) is portraying John Lennon, Serafinowicz [(Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace)] plays Paul McCartney, Elwes (Disney's A Christmas Carol) is George Harrison, and Campbell [(Date Movie, Epic Movie)] will be Ringo Starr.

The 1968 animated feature was based on the music of The Beatles and featured the inspired art direction and design of Heinz Edelmann. The movie is set in Pepperland, an undersea paradise inhabited by music lovers who live in peace and harmony and are protected by Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. That is... until they are threatened by the music hating Blue Meanies. It's up to John, Paul, George and Ringo to set off on a magical adventure in their yellow submarine and bring music and harmony back to Pepperland."

Aw, and here I was hoping for Tom Hanks or Jim Carrey to be involved somehow. Mmm.

Ooh, interesting - Peter Serafinowicz also played the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. "At last, we will reveal ourselves to the Meanies. At last, we will have revenge."


From RollingStone.com:

"For the performance footage in Zemeckis’ motion-capture take on Yellow Submarine, the Back to the Future director has recruited 'The Ultimate Beatles Band,' the Fab Four. Producers for Yellow Submarine have secured the rights to the Beatles’ music, so the songs in the film will come courtesy of the real Fab Four and not the tribute band. By hiring actors to portray the Beatles, Zemeckis is keeping in tradition of the original film, which also employed voice actors in place of the actual band. The Beatles themselves only appeared in the film’s live-action epilogue.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, Zemeckis was interested in bringing in the two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, to contribute to the Yellow Submarine remake. With actors being cast in their roles, it’s unclear whether Zemeckis still has plans for the pair, but considering new Spock (Zachary Quinto) interacted with old Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in the Star Trek reboot, Zemeckis — who is writing the screenplay — can surely construct a subplot where the faux Macca and Starr meet the real Paul and Ringo."

Now that sounds interesting.

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