Disney Working on 3D Lion King + Roger Rabbit Sequel Soon
Disney is definitely on their way to becoming the top studio again. There are hundreds of projects they're working on, but two of them get some time in the spotlight today. Empire caught up with Disney producer Don Hahn, who directed the great Waking Sleeping Beauty documentary and is working on Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, and talked about a few different projects at Disney, since he still is working on other things besides telling the inside story of Disney. First up, it sounds like that Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel is moving forward soon and secondly, they're starting work on a 3D conversion of The Lion King as well.
Hahn explains about Lion King: "I'm actually trying to work out a 3D conversion of The Lion King. I'll be doing that when I go back to the States in a couple of weeks. It's going to be spectacular – we will do a good job for ya! The technology is tremendous. We did A Nightmare Before Christmas a few years ago and Tim thought it was better than the original because it allows you to walk onto the set." If this seems like another money grab, it's not entirely. Disney has been working on a 3D conversion of Beauty and the Beast for years and that still hasn't hit theaters, but I have seen some test footage converted, and it looks fantastic. They're going back to the "drawing boards" when working on these and it truly shows, because it looks spectacular.
As for that Who Framed Roger Rabbit? sequel in the works that we've heard rumors might involved director Robert Zemeckis again, Hahn drops a couple of hints that make it sound like Zemeckis is indeed back and it's moving forward very soon. "Yeah, I couldn't possibly comment. I deny completely, but yeah... If you're a fan, pretty soon you're going to be very, very, very happy." I'll take that as a sign that something big is in the works and fans should be excited to hear the news, but we're going to have to wait until it officially hits. Hahn also confirmed that The Snow Queen has also been shelved. We'll be on the lookout for more updates!