Now I know that gnomes have been kind to Walt Disney Pictures, with Gnomeo and Juliet taking off at the box office this February, but that doesn't mean that Sony Pictures Animation should jump on the bandwagon. Especially if the studio plans on letting Robert Zemeckis anywhere near a project that will feature cutesy animated characters. The Oscar winning filmmaker's last effort, the atrocious Mars Needs Moms, bombed right out of the gate causing Disney to boot him from the lot and cancel his developing Yellow Submarine remake.
Now SPA wants him to join their ranks with an adaptation of Chuck Sambuchino's novel "How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack", which is in the vein of "How To Survive The Robot Uprising" and "The Zombie Survival Guide" in that it details a plan to outlast the invasion of the titular characters. The adaptation is described as an R-rated, live-action/CG-hybrid budgeted in the $20 million-$30 million range. He'll produce, but hasn't committed to directing as he's weighing his options carefully. No writer has been hired yet.
It's a wise move for SPA to keep costs down on this one, because Zemeckis is just not the reliable moneymaker he once was. As a modestly budgeted novelty flick, it could work but personally I'm done with him as a filmmaker until he returns to more grounded fare. He's often worked in genre, having helmed classics like the Back to the Future trilogy, Romancing The Stone and What Lies Beneath, but I long for the days of Forrest Gump, Contact and Castaway. This farce is not worth his time, Sony's or yours.