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On November 26, 2009, Zemeckis had signed on to produce and direct the motion capture animated film adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker through ImageMovers Digital for Walt Disney Pictures but was cancelled due to the failure of their films along with Yellow Submarine (2012 remake film), Calling All Robots, and a Roger Rabbit sequel.[1] On July 21, 2016, Universal Pictures revived the adaptation, which may or may not use motion capture, with Zemeckis only set to produce the film and Evan Spiliotopoulos was hired to write the script.[2] There has been no information since.

Why it was Cancelled[]

  1. The most likely reason why it was cancelled was because of how Disney was concerned about creating another motion capture film after the cinematic failures of Mars Needs Moms and A Christmas Carol.
  2. Another likely reason it was cancelled was because of ImageMovers Digital closing down.
  3. The Oscars had made a policy in preventing any more motion capture films from winning an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, along with other awards(such as Avatar, The Adventures of Tintin, and the 2019 live action remake to The Lion King).


  1. ImageMovers Digital closed down, thus leading to The Nutcracker along with a few other planned works to be permanently cancelled.
  2. Disney would create their own adaptation to The Nutcracker titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The film was released on 2018 and received negative reviews as well becoming a box office failure.