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Yellow Submarine 'set for remake'

The Beatles
The Beatles appeared at the end of the original film

US director Robert Zemeckis is in talks to remake a 3D version of the animated 1968 Beatles film Yellow Submarine, according to reports.

Trade magazine Variety said the Back To The Future filmmaker and Disney were working to secure rights to use the 16 Beatles tunes that feature in the film.

Zemeckis plans to use the performance-capture format he used for previous films Beowulf and The Polar Express.

It is hoped the film will be ready in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The original 1968 film followed the band as they travelled to an undersea paradise - Pepperland, protected by Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - to free it from the music-hating Blue Meanies.

Although actors provided the voices for the animated incarnations of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, The Beatles appeared in the film's closing live-action scene.

Songs including All You Need Is Love, When I'm 64, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band all featured in the film.

The 3D performance-capture technology is also being used in Zemeckis's forthcoming film, A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey as Scrooge and the three ghosts who haunt him in the Charles Dickens tale.

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