According to the Hollywood Reporter magazine Disney decided to pull the plug on the movie after Zemeckis's latest animated film "Mars Needs Mums" bombed at the box office over the weekend.
Zemeckis, the Oscar-winning director of Back to the Future, Forrest Gump and Cast Away, had wanted to use cutting-edge motion capture technology for the remake.
Normally a poor performance at the box office would only spell disaster for those attached to the poorly performing film. But Mars Needs Moms not only killed the Beatles movie from its producer, Zemeckis, it also may have killed any more more mo-cap films over at Disney, and dampened enthusiasm for 3-D computer animation aimed at kids. The mouse house spent around $175 million on Moms, and the picture only sold about $6.9 million in tickets in America. Combine the performance with the fact that Disney stopped supporting Zemeckis' mo-cap studio ImageMovers Digital after the suits viewed footage from Moms, and this may be the last we ever see of mo-cap from Disney. And while we're happy that the Beatles' CG bodies won't be marred by the Uncanny Valley, that doesn't mean motion-capture film-making is gone forever.