Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Zemeckis Says New “Yellow Submarine” Will Be Cutting Edge


Director Robert Zemeckis reassured me last night about his remake of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.”

“It will be cutting edge,” he said. The animation will be 3D, plus both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr as well as Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, have been very involved in it, Zemeckis says. The “Roger Rabbit” director has already picked out unknown British actors for voices of the Fab Four and is very enthused. So Beatle fans shouldn’t worry.

Zemeckis was the ’21’ Club for a dinner to honor his wife, Leslie. Her documentary about burlesque, “Burly the Q,” brought out Michael Douglas, writer-director Brian Koppelman (of Douglas’s sensational new film, “Solitary Man”), plus Sharon Stone, Alan Alda, Stacy Keach, hot new star Benjamin Walker (from the Public Theater’s “Andrew Bloody Jackson”), “60 Minutes” anchor Bob Simon, documentary film legends DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, producer Jean Doumanian, the always entertaining Bill McCuddy, writer Regina Weinreich, producer Wendy Finerman, J. Walter Thompson’s Sally Morrison, and actor Steve Guttenberg.

I liked Leslie Zemeckis–she wore a little crown in honor of her burlesque heroes. She could have been Jessica Rabbit–which is a nice segue. Bob Z says a script “is being written” for a “Roger Rabbit” sequel. It’s about time!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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