by: Austin Welch source: Variety
It appears that Disney hasn’t completely abandoned faith in Robert Zemeckis.
After the recent news that Disney, after hemhorraging money through the venture, has decided to close shop on Zemeckis’ ImageMovers Digital, it seemed their relationship with the filmmaker would be damaged. However, it has been announced that, in conjunction with disney and The Gotham Group, he will produce a film based on Dark Life, a soon-to-be released novel for young adults by Kat Falls.
While it has yet to be determined if this new project will involve motion capture (or ‘mocap’), it is highly unlikely. Disney is still pursuing their remake of Yellow Submarine, but after stating that Mars Needs Moms would be the last mocap production under the House Of Mouse (at least through ImageMovers), no one is sure how that one will play out.
As someone who’s been a big fan of Zemeckis’ for over 25 years, I was growing frustrated and disappointed in his obsession with mocap. Sadly, like a spoiled child, someone had to yank the toys from his hands. It’s unfortunate it had to come to this, but hopefully, the man can recapture the vision he displayed on such films as Forrest Gump, Roger Rabbit, and the holy BTTF trilogy. Maybe Dark Life will be a step in the right direction. You can read the full article by clicking here.