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Beatles get the Disney treatment

THE Walt Disney Co has announced a deal with The Beatles' company, Apple Corps Ltd, to remake the band's movie "Yellow Submarine" in 3-D, extending the Fab Four's presence in the 21st century.

Disney also announced that the fourth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise would debut in summer 2011 with Johnny Depp reprising his starring role.

The movie will be called "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

In addition, Disney said it was starting a new "scary movie" label venture with "Pan's Labyrinth" director Guillermo del Toro called "Disney Double Dare You."

Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook said the new "Yellow Submarine" will be directed by Robert Zemeckis using the same motion-capture effects employed in "Polar Express."

It will incorporate the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original animated film. No release date has been announced.

The Disney project follows the worldwide release of The Beatles' remastered albums and an interactive video game. The album collection is expected to dominate the charts.


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