The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Titan Comics will publish an adaptation of the animated Beatles movie Yellow Submarine. The comic, written and drawn by Bill Morrison, will be published next year to mark the film’s 50th anniversary.
Morrison was creative director of Bongo Comics from 1993 to 2012, and has also been appointed to take over as editor of MAD magazine next year. Last month, Morrison recently wrote the “Lobo/Road Runner Special” for DC Comics, as part of the DC/Looney Tunes crossover event.
Morrison has not yet commented, but The Hollywood Reporter quotes Titan publishing director Chris Teather as saying, “We’re thrilled to be publishing The Beatles: Yellow Submarine for the 50th Anniversary of this fantastic movie. We can’t wait for Beatles fans to experience this official adaptation.”
Yellow Submarine saw animated versions of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr teaming up to protect the music-loving underwater paradise of Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies. The surreal film was packed with Beatles songs and included the real Paul, John, George and Ringo in a live-action denouement. Robert Zemeckis once pondered directing a motion capture remake, and the film has even been turned into a LEGO set. The comic follows a line of vinyl collectibles based on the film from Titan Merchandise, set for release later this month.
Read the full press release, and see some of the preview art, below.
ALL TOGETHER NOW!
Apple Corps and Titan Entertainment expand their relationship and set sail for the Sea of Green with a range of 50th anniversary Yellow Submarine projects!
TITAN COMICS ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL
THE BEATLES’ YELLOW SUBMARINE
Written and illustrated by Bill Morrison for the film’s 50th Anniversary in 2018!
Titan Comics is excited to announce a deal with Apple Corps Ltd to publish an official illustrated adaptation of The Beatles’ iconic animated film, Yellow Submarine. Due to hit stores in 2018 to tie-in with the 50th Anniversary of the release of the movie. The deal was brokered by Bravado International, The Beatles’ North American licensing agent.
The Beatles: Yellow Submarine movie (originally released in 1968) is an animated musical fantasy film inspired by the music of The Beatles. In the film, Paul, John, George and Ringo agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music-hating Blue Meanies.
Directed by animation producer George Dunning, the film received widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Since its original release, the movie has become a cornerstone of contemporary popular culture and has inspired generations of award-winning animators.
Titan’s official illustrated adaptation of The Beatles: Yellow Submarine is written and illustrated by Bill Morrison – writer and artist from The Simpsons Comics. As a huge fan of The Beatles, this has been a labor of love for Bill, twenty years in the making.
“We’re thrilled to be publishing The Beatles: Yellow Submarine for the 50th Anniversary of this fantastic movie,” said Chris Teather, Publishing Director at Titan Comics. “We can’t wait for Beatles fans to experience this official adaptation.”
The Beatles: Yellow Submarine Official illustrated adaptation from Titan is due to hit stores in 2018.
More announcements are due shortly on this exciting project.
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