News: Robert Zemeckis Says HERE THERE BE MONSTERS!

Written by Kris Heys Wednesday, 27 July 2011

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Could Robert Zemeckis be finally done with his obsession with motion capture? Is his ego still stinging from the double-whammy slap-down of MARS NEEDS MOMS' brutal box-office take and the subsequent cancellation of YELLOW SUBMARINE? We hope so, because the once brilliant filmmaker has wasted enough of his time on a technique very few actually enjoy (and I personally think this year's ADVENTURES OF TINTIN will ultimately prove that fact once and for all). I'm sure nobody needs a refresher, but this is the guy who brought us the BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, and TALES FROM THE CRYPT to name just a few. A far cry from the unpleasant uncanny valley effect of THE POLAR EXPRESS and A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

So what's next for Zemeckis then? HERE THERE BE MONSTERS is the tale of real life Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones... who admittedly probably didn't run into any Sea Monsters on his missions, but that's not deterring writer Brian Helgeland (976-EVIL; LA CONFIDENTIAL) from throwing in a Giant Squid or two. Here, Jones has been discharged from the military and takes a job from a shipping magnate to investigate some strange goings-on regarding missing ships - could it really be the handy-work of an ocean dwelling denizen of the deep? 

It's a strong premise (though what Jone's estate makes of the revisionist history is something to ponder) and it'll be exciting to see Zemeckis handling a full-length creature feature!

Just no mocap, promise Robert?

The increasingly prolific Legendary Pictures will produce HERE THERE BE MONSTERS for a 2013 release. 

Is this what you'd like to see Zemeckis do next, or would you rather him Kraken with his long-proposed sequel to WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? Am I wrong about mocap? Let us know with your comments below!

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