Robert Zemeckis Teases Long-Rumored 'Roger Rabbit' Sequel Again
If you've seen the 1988 classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit? - and really, you all should - you can see some early indications of why director Robert Zemeckis spent twelve years fiddling around on the forefront of motion capture technology. The way that movie blended live action and traditional animation was groundbreaking, and now that Zemeckis has stepped back into live action filmmaking with Flight, rumored talks of a sequel are going to start popping up again. Showbiz 411 (via The Playlist) spoke with the director, who offered the smallest sliver of hope that the long gestating sequel could still happen. Read on!
The only thing we have to go on is a quick response from Zemeckis during a Flight press tour, in which he revealed, "I have a [Roger Rabbit sequel] script at Disney, and we’re just waiting for all the executive changes to settle down there." He's referring to the shakeup with Alan Horn, the former president of Warner Bros., heading to Disney to take over as Chairman there, a development which only happened a few months ago at the end of May.
This piece at The Playlist recounts some interesting history of producer Steven Spielberg's relationship with the Roger Rabbit property, detailing how he essentially held up the sequel because he owns half the rights to the character and didn't want the Nazis being portrayed as hilarious villains following his serious Schindler's List. But now that things are a bit better between Disney and Spielberg (the studio has been distributing DreamWorks output for years now), there's a tiny chance this project could see the light of day. Not to be pessimistic, but another reason we don't necessarily think it'll happen any time soon is the fact that Who Framed Roger Rabbit? star Bob Hoskins retired recently, so they'll have to rework this one from the ground up if we're ever going to see it at all. Hopeful?