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    Disney and Robert Zemeckis are eyeing the ocean floor as the setting for a new family franchise.

    The Mouse House and ImageMovers have wrapped a deal to partner with the Gotham Group to adapt Kat Falls' upcoming young adult novel "Dark Life," with Zemeckis attached to direct.
    Project fits in well with Disney's new mandate to create family friendly fare that can be exploited across the company's various platforms and spawn sequels.

    The Gotham Group won the rights to "Dark Life" after making a preemptive bid to buy the manuscript earlier this year (Daily Variety, Jan. 25). Book will be published by Scholastic in May, backed by a major marketing push. Two books had initially been planned, but could now expand to more installments.

    Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey will produce through ImageMovers with Jackie Levine shepherding the project for the shingle. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman will produce through Gotham.

    Whether the film will be produced using Zemeckis' favored performance-capture process has yet to be determined. In a cost-cutting move, Disney last month said it will pull the plug on ImageMovers Digital, based in Marin County, Calif., by the end of the year once "Mars Needs Moms" wraps. The facility produced the performance-capture work on "The Polar Express," "Beowulf" and "A Christmas Carol."

    ImageMovers is still developing Disney's remake of "The Yellow Submarine" and is behind an adaptation of "Airman," based on Eoin Colfer's kidsbook, and "The Stoneheart Trilogy," a young-adult fantasy book series by Charlie Fletcher, also at the Mouse House.
    Disney, Zemeckis enter 'Dark Life' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety

    Last edited by ALIASd; 04-05-2010, 04:57 PM.
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    Re: Disney, Zemeckis dive into 'Dark Life'

    Just read the synopsis of the novel. It's such a teen sci/fi novel. Boring, formulaic... Not looking forward to this right now but who knows, maybe I'll be surprised.

    But then again, it's Bob Zemeckis, who hasn't made a good movie since Cast Away.


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      Re: Disney, Zemeckis dive into 'Dark Life'

      I am so ready for Roger Rabbit 2, not this Zemeckis. Ppplease No Mo-cap in the sequel if you get to it.
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