Ringo Starr is disappointed that the proposed 3D Yellow Submarine remake died in the water before being realized. Ringo, who's currently on tour with his All Starr Band, was asked by The Dispatch whether or not he was on board with Robert Zemeckis' new production before Disney pulled it's funding. Ringo explained, "I was, but it fell apart. We hung out with (Zemeckis) and what he did was incredible. The look of the new one was great. He did two minutes of it. Paul (McCartney) and I were with him all the way. We were there for this stage and that stage and then he got a couple of minutes together."
Ringo went on to say: "I loved it. But things happened between him and Disney. The connection wasn't there. So, we said, 'Yes. Let's do it!' and then it fell apart. It looked really great. It is somewhat ironic -- it had been upgraded and it looked more Victorian."
In March 2011 Disney shut down Zemeckis' production. The film, which was being produced with Apple's full cooperation and partnership, was originally slated to include 16 of the group's classics from 1965 to 1968, and was to use the same motion capture technology used in Beowulf, A Christmas Carol, and Mars Needs Moms.
It's believed that the fact that Mars Needs Moms tanked with a gross of only $6.9 million in light of a $150 million budget, Disney simply cut their losses rather than risk another box office flop.
Zemeckis is now free to shop the film to other studios, but so far, no announcements have been made regarding any other studios showing interest.
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band tour dates (subject to change):
July 11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Usana Amphitheatre
July 13 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Casino
July 14 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
July 15 - Troutdale, OR - McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater
July 17 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
July 19 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts By Bay
July 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre