September 12, 2009 / 12:08 AM / 10 years ago

Disney to remake Beatles "Yellow Submarine" movie

ANAHEIM, Calif (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co is to remake the zany 1960s Beatles movie “Yellow Submarine” in 3-D in a deal with the band’s company Apple Corps.

Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook said on Friday the new “Yellow Submarine” will be directed by Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis using the same motion-capture effects he employed in the family movie “Polar Express.”

It will incorporate the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original film, licensed from Sony/ATV Music Publishing and EMI Capitol Records. No release date was announced.

The original film, about a peaceful, music-loving underwater community that is attacked by music hating “blue meanies”, was released in the U.S. in 1968 and directed by George Dunning.

The Disney film project extends a wave of “Beatlemania” ushered in by the release of the remastered edition of the Fab Four’s albums this week, and an interactive video game for a new generation of fans.

Jeff Jones, CEO of Apple Corps, said the deal with Disney brings together “two of the best-loved creative entities in the world.”

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