Original Roger Rabbit Writers Are Back to Write the Sequel
If I were Robert Zemeckis, I'd take this as a sign that I should stop making CGI motion capture movies and go back to live action. The Zemeckis-related news story that has been talked about the most this entire year is the Roger Rabbit sequel that he's been dropping hints about since April. Our last update was back in July during Comic-Con, where Zemeckis confirmed that "the 2D animated characters will remain 2D" if it ever happened. Now Zemeckis reveals to MTV today that they've actually commissioned a screenplay and they've brought back the original two writers, Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman, to write it. Very good news!
"There's a script that's being developed," Zemeckis said. "We've got the original writers that are working on it now - Seaman and Price." He also went on to hint at why this sequel is actually coming together, and it's not that he just thought one day that it would be a good idea. "I think there was a time right after the movie came out that the Disney regime at the time… It was a point in the life of the studio where if you made a successful movie they could no longer afford to hire you back," he explained, implying that it sounds like Disney wanted to make a sequel, and even started working one (or a few), but it just never came to fruition.
So now they're back at it, with the original writers and (hopefully) the original director, to give it another shot. Let's take a minute to ponder this crazy possibility though. At Comic-Con, Zemeckis said: "[The 2D characters] will not be dimensionalized, but that doesn't mean other parts won't be in 3D." What if, and this me being completely hypothetical, but what if he's considering combining 2D Roger Rabbit characters with 3D motion capture CGI characters. Could it even work without being a mess? And would anyone want to watch that? I'm not sure, but it's good to know that they've at least got a script. We'll keep you updated!