When the history of Hollywood flops is once again written, "Mars Needs Moms" will no doubt join the ranks of "Pluto Nash" and "Ishtar." And as a side note, it will no doubt be mentioned that the film did so poorly that it scared Disney away from the Beatles.
Director Robert Zemeckis, who for a time was a can't-miss hit machine, gave up on flesh-and-blood actors years ago to pursue motion-capture filmmaking (beginning with "Polar Express"). His latest film, "Mars Needs Moms," cost about $150 million to make, but took in a paltry $6.9 million its opening weekend.
For his next film, Zemeckis wanted to remake the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," and he'd already worked out most of the rights details with Apple Corps, and had Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell lined up to play the Fab Four.
But after watching Zemeckis set fire to one giant pile of money, the folks at Disney have told Zemeckis to find a new home for the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
From here it looks like part of the problem is that the technology just makes people look super creepy--not real enough to look real, not unreal enough to be cartoons. Watch the trailer and see for yourself.
Maybe this is the Gods telling us not to remake "Yellow Submarine."