I find myself constantly frustrated by Robert Zemeckis. Here is an immensely talented filmmaker, the man who brought us Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, seeming far more interested in whatever new-fangled technology is popping up at the moment rather than telling a great story. I don't want to lump Zemeckis together with George Lucas (and to a far lesser extent, James Cameron), but his recent forays in the world of motion capture animated films has been less than impressive.

It sends a minor wave of heat through my icy soul to learn that Zemeckis' next film, an adaptation of a young adult novel called Dark Life (which will be released in May), may not be a motion capture project. Of course, the phrase in use here is "Whether the film will be produced using Zemeckis' favored performance-capture process has yet to be determined," but I'm allowed to be positive and hopeful on occasion, right? Right? a href="http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118017262.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&ref=vertfilm">

Variety describes the plot of Dark Life, which will be a series of books of course (with plans to make a series of movies), as thus:

"Book is set in a near-future world in which rising ocean levels and natural catastrophes have led some people to homestead on the ocean floor, and kids to develop supernatural powers. Story centers on an underwater teenage boy and a surface girl who join forces to uncover a government conspiracy."

So it, uh, it sounds like City of Ember. In the water. But..positive thoughts!

With Zemeckis' ImageMovers getting the axe, will he be forced to move back to making movies that don't take place in a computer? Or will he find another outlet for making his hardcore cartoon motions pictures? What will happen to his planned mocap remake of Yellow Submarine? Hopefully that one's dead in the water. Hardy har.

More than anything, I want to see Zemeckis make an artistic comeback. He's an skilled filmmaker who's done some admirable work in recent years, but admirable is arm-length love. I want to embrace this guy's movies again. Will Dark Life mark some sort of comeback? Maybe. Hopefully. Positive thoughts!
categories Movies, Sci-Fi