Even though Disney is closing down Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers Digital it's not going to stop them from making more movies together. Variety reports that Disney and ImageMovers have just made a deal with Gotham Group to adapt a new upcoming young adult novel from Kat Falls called Dark Life, and Robert Zemeckis is attached to direct it. Disney hopes this film will become a successful film franchise.
The story 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. It centers on an underwater teenage boy and a surface girl who join forces to uncover a government conspiracy.
There's no mention of Zemeckis using his motion-capture technology on this movie. It seems like a project he would want use it on, but personally I'd like to see him make the movie without it again. Zemeckis needs to stop with the motion-capture addiction, he's directed some great films in his day, unfortunately, none of them are the motion capture films he's made.
The story seems like it will be fun for kids, but the plot seems kind of silly to me.
What are your thoughts on Zemeckis adapting Dark Life?