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Robert Zemeckis Thinking of Bringing Roger Rabbit Back?

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April 29, 2009
Source: MTV

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Back in 1988, before Back to the Future: Part II, director Robert Zemeckis combined live-action and classic animation in the comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit. It made an impressive $156 million at the box office and forever cemented its place in cinematic history. Considering Hollywood loves the 80's more than any other decade, it was inevitable that they'd want to revisit Roger Rabbit. "I'll tell you what is buzzing around in my head now that we have the ability—the digital tools, performance capture—I'm starting to think about Roger Rabbit," Zemeckis told MTV. Yes, Hollywood really is bringing back the 80's.

Unfortunately, Zemeckis wouldn't say anything else - "I can't give you more details." But that little hint is more then enough to make us interested, much like the possibility of one day seeing Ridley Scott return to the Alien franchise. Obviously this is some early speculation, but considering the Zemeckis is a bit obsessed with CGI at the moment (his last three movies have all been completely CGI), I'm guessing that he's thinking about making a new Roger Rabbit with motion capture - think like Spielberg and Jackson's Tintin. And then potentially again combining it with live-action, but who knows if that's really the idea he's going for?

I'm not sure if I should be excited for this or not? As much as I enjoyed Beowulf and as much as I still like Zemeckis' work, I can't say that another Roger Rabbit would really be something that I'd be looking forward to seeing. In terms of the classic 80's Disney movies, I'm already getting the sequel I really wanted to see the most - Tron 2. But as for another Who Framed Roger Rabbit, I just don't know. What do you think?

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Reader Feedback - 31 Comments

1

God what a classic that is, Kinda funny this is up just watched that on encore the other day...Im 20 and that movie still made me laugh my ass off at parts and its just an enjoyment to watch. This is a remake that I actually wouldn't mind.

Cody on Apr 29, 2009

2

"Considering Hollywood loves the 80's more than any other century" It did honestly feel like that DECADE lasted 100 years.

DiscoStew on Apr 29, 2009

3

I wouldn't mine seeing one. I'm not sure if it can be as good as the first. The strange thing is the first movie was more for adults then kids. But there is a Roger Rabbit ride at Disneyland (I doubt most kids know who he was). But with Roger's wife and the Baby (which are all part of the ride) I think a new movie adding to the whole idea would be good. Honestly an idea about some disease that only toons can get, that get pasts to humans would be interesting, considering the whole swine flu. You have to have somebody find out where this got started.

max on Apr 29, 2009

4

Ah crap, woops, fixed that mistake #2, my bad... Thanks!

Alex Billington on Apr 29, 2009

5

Thumbs up. Let's get started on this shall we?

teyhtr on Apr 29, 2009

6

How about making new classics for this generation of movie fans.

joe on Apr 29, 2009

7

I'm fucking sick and tired of remake after remake after remake And Robert Zemeckis's CGI films look like fucking bad PC games like The Sims

Dr Robotnik on Apr 29, 2009

8

I think if they do return for a sequel, 2D is a must. depending on when the time frame is for the the sequel if it occurs during the beginning or heyday of 3D animation then work that in, great idea from slashfilm, but Roger Rabbit would have to stay 2D because he's from that era. I would love to see a sequel to this film because I believe this movie was ahead of it's time and executed so well before great special effects became forefront in films. did I say too much? One of my favorite films of all time. Bye.

Spence on Apr 29, 2009

9

if they actually do this, count me in. i loved the original, and its been too long since we've gotten something of this slapstick calibur that i can enjoy.

Torti on Apr 29, 2009

10

what would be the point? The original one is still amazing! No need!

xerxex on Apr 29, 2009

11

Jessica Rabbit in full life like CGI....nuff said!

Lazarus on Apr 29, 2009

12

The limited technology and execution of this film surpassed anything ever done in film before. Years in preparation, breaking the barrier of animation and film fusion - The film made a difference during that time by pioneering new ideas, Not reiterating them! You're just selling the brand. It was the magnificent suspension of disbelief that was tangible, breakable, REAL TIME! Today that isn't much of a challenge. They would need to do movie entirely in 2D with original ' animatronic-esque puppeteering'. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to appreciate it as a much as from a time from when visual/special effects were at such an rising, but still, limited practice. That's all I'm saying. I loved the movie as a kid. No hate on the film, just trying to figure out what we're trying to do with all these re-makes when some don't really need retelling. ladda mersay

Nick Sears on Apr 29, 2009

13

NOOOOOOOO!!!! This is a terrible idea. It was and still is such a great movie that still holds up to the times. This is a horrible idea. I can't believe the original director would want to remake it. That shows how much he cares for his movie. Now a sequal or something would be tolerable. But a remake? F***ing forget about it!

Dan W on Apr 29, 2009

14

Why does everyone in Hollywood suck now?

DCompose on Apr 29, 2009

15

if its gonna be more cgi crap then its a definite NO. if they can get the cast back and do it in the same style as the original then we could be in for a good movie.

troy on Apr 30, 2009

16

I really loved "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", but I think this is a terrible idea. Especially if they're going to use cgi instead of classic animation techniques. 🙁

Drived on Apr 30, 2009

17

Maybe some NC-17 Jessica Rabbit scenes are in order....

The Oct8pus on Apr 30, 2009

18

Total prricks, cant think of anything new. That is one of the classics and should not be done again. Why doesnt he make Back to the Future IV, perhaps bcoz of Michael J. Fox parkinson's disease!

Fearl3ss on Apr 30, 2009

19

@ 14 DCompose because Hollywood is no longer Hollywood its the movie biz and all they want is money, so they will remake redo and revamp anything just to make a quick buck!

xerxex on Apr 30, 2009

20

Maybe they could bring Hoskins back. Instead of just leaving him exhausted, battered, bruised and with hallucinations, they might be able to send him completely loopy this time round 😉

Chris on Apr 30, 2009

21

@18 I totally agree. Definitely wanna see some blowjob and titty fuck action from Mrs. Rabbit. GOD, I have been whacking it to her for years!!!!!!!!!!

PACO on Apr 30, 2009

22

this movie sucked when it came out -_- agreed with #18 and 21, if that happened then ill see it

zach on Apr 30, 2009

23

Good news for having Zemeckis back in this amazing movie.

Fisherr on Apr 30, 2009

24

I'd rather see a remake of "Cool World"

Greedo the Rodian on Apr 30, 2009

25

If they get Richard Williams to direct the animation again, then I'd be all over it. That man has gotten shit on entirely since that movie came out. Fucking Disney. About the CGI, tho... Toy Story was still a few years out when this was released... having CG characters only makes sense. Actually, the whole CG / 2D / live-action mix might be just as interesting an idea as just 2D + live action. But then they wouldn't be able to do it as a 50's movie, either. I dunno. They'd have to do it 2D, but maybe with 3D capture as a guide to make the 2D look more a part of the world / or CG used to manipulate the real world elements... I think it would work. There are all kinds of stories you could tell in that sort of world.

Squiggly on Apr 30, 2009

26

ROGER RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THAT RABBIT......PPPPPPPPPPLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gabriel isea on Apr 30, 2009

27

I'm kinda surprised they never made a sequel for this in the first place. It's been a long time since Roger Rabbit was on the big screen, but I'd probably watch a sequel.

aaron on Apr 30, 2009

28

"I'm starting to think about Roger Rabbit" makes me think that he wants to combine performance capture with live action...

Flrs on May 2, 2009

29

Perhaps they could use the following 2D animated characters for cameos: Stewie Griffin and Brian Griffin from Family Guy Bart Simpson and Homer Simpson from The Simpsons Boomhauer, Dale, Bill and Hank from King of the Hill Bender and Fry from Futurama Cartman, Kyle, Stan and Kenny from South Park The Iron Giant and Hogarth Hughes from The Iron Giant Beavis and Butthead from Beavis and Butthead Spongebob, Patrick and Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble from The Flintstones Keneda and Tutsuo from Akira Sebastian from Little Mermaid Top Cat, Benny, Brian, Choo Choo and Fancy Fancy from Top Cat

Hamster on Jul 7, 2009

30

all i know is i wanna see angelina jolie play jessica rabbit for a day or in a movie http://ibo4lyf.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/jessica-rabbit-untooned.jpg does that not look like a jolie to u i think so !

chelseygirl on Oct 2, 2009

31

As lomg as Robert Zemeckis uses popular animated characters as cameos, the sequel is heading the right direction.

Jeeze on Jun 22, 2010

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