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?
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
sure, why not. just dont make it "silly" and have a brendan fraiser character dumb down what could be a cool story. I understand its family friendly but there is no reason to take the dark and adult themed aspects out of the jokes.
Anthony Ceniccola on Oct 15, 2012
Roger Rabbit was an inspiring movie. I wonder if they would still use the same techniques or just make it in that terrible 3d style that Zemeckis is addicted to now. The animator is still alive as far as I know and I think his work is the better part of the film.
Carpola on Oct 15, 2012
As long as we get to see Jessica Rabbit and her insanely huge knockers, its fine by my book!! No kidding aside, I'm back and forth on whether they should or should not do a sequel. Bob Hoskins has to be in the film in my opinion, it just wouldn't be the same. If he stays retired, then that's gonna be a huge bummer to the film but who knows...Leonard Nimoy was said to be retired, but Michael Bay was able to reel him in for one more movie to play the voice of Sentinel Prime. And as far as the animation goes...I sincerely hope they use the same technique they used for both the original and space jam. That was it still looks real and the classic cartoon characters still look CARTOON! 3D or CG characters would just look pathetic.
JBrotsis on Oct 15, 2012
Hoskins has Parkinsons, now so I think sadly he'll stay retired. I think physically he wouldn't be able to do the work.
Carpola on Oct 16, 2012
No Hoskins, No thanks. But if he agrees to it, yes please!
grimjob on Oct 15, 2012
'Roger Rabbit' needs a blu-ray release imo.
Craig on Oct 15, 2012
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