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Director Robert Zemeckis says the only thing holding back a sequel to Roger Rabbit is a green light

Nov. 30, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Director Robert Zemeckis has made some genuine classics in his career so far, with the BACK TO THE FUTURE series, FOREST GUMP, and of course, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? which was his first forte into blending live action with animation.  Later he would take that genre into new realms with the motion capture animation he used in films like BEOWULF and THE POLAR EXPRESS.  His first live-action feature, FLIGHT, is currently in theaters and the director has been making the media rounds, where he shared his thoughts on a re-release, as well as a sequel, to "ROGER RABBIT."  

When asked if he would ever post-convert one of his films to 3D, Zemeckis said it would only be for one film.  "The only one is' Roger Rabbit,' because you could really pull the animation out as a separate element. It would be very spectacular 3-D," Zemeckis said. "As far as converting, the 'Back to the Future" films... I don't see the point in that. But they did a test on 'Roger' back in 2006, somewhere around then, and it looks really great."

When asked about the progress on a sequel for WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? Zemeckis was optimistic and it seems the project is much further along than simply an idea in someone's head.  "I'm happy with the script. It's very good. It's written by the original writers, and it's good. [But Disney] is still thinking about it. If I were to do the sequel, it would be done just like the first one. It would look the same way, but we would present it in 3-D in its release. I would do all of the animation hand-drawn; 2-D, but using 3-D tools. It wouldn't be like Pixar 3-D. It wouldn't look like that."

When asked if Zemeckis' sequel to the film would include the modern-day stable of animated characters, the director answered confidently that, "No, this would again be another period movie. That's all I can say!"

Lastly, when poised with the question of directing one of the new STAR WARS films, Zemeckis was equally assuring, saying, "Oh, I wouldn't even know what to do. I wouldn't know how to do "Star Wars."

Strangely, I have more faith in Zemeckis than he does in himself on that front.  I think he'd do a pretty kick ass STAR WARS, but I'll be happy just to have a ROGER RABBIT sequel. 

Zemeckis' FLIGHT is currently in theaters and WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? is set to debut on blu-ray sometime in 2013.

Extra Tidbit: With Bob Hoskins retiring from acting, I'm curious to see what the story angle for the sequel to Roger Rabbit is. Hmmm...
Source: MTV

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11:58AM on 12/03/2012
In other news, the only thing holding back ANY movie from being made is a greenlight.
In other news, the only thing holding back ANY movie from being made is a greenlight.
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5:22AM on 12/03/2012
It won't occupy any of my time, no thank you don't like this one bit. Just let it be.
It won't occupy any of my time, no thank you don't like this one bit. Just let it be.
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1:00PM on 12/02/2012
That is the best Jessica Rabbit photo I have ever seen, wow
That is the best Jessica Rabbit photo I have ever seen, wow
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1:56AM on 12/02/2012
So if the script is done and its as good as he says, then whats taking so long? So i'm wondering since bob hoskins has been diagnosed with Parkinson's will he be in this? I'd love to read the script. Anyone know whede i can?
So if the script is done and its as good as he says, then whats taking so long? So i'm wondering since bob hoskins has been diagnosed with Parkinson's will he be in this? I'd love to read the script. Anyone know whede i can?
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11:18PM on 12/02/2012
Hoskins retired.
Hoskins retired.
6:10PM on 12/04/2012
^He retired because he has Parkinson's disease... (o_0) ayiyi common people.
^He retired because he has Parkinson's disease... (o_0) ayiyi common people.
3:48AM on 12/01/2012

His first live-action feature...

Is FLIGHT? I think you might want to check that again!
Is FLIGHT? I think you might want to check that again!
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6:32PM on 11/30/2012
I want to see Jessica Rabbit's boobs in 3-D.
I want to see Jessica Rabbit's boobs in 3-D.
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1:25PM on 11/30/2012
This is the first bit of news to give me any hope that this could be a worthwhile and loyal continuation. The period piece aspect is crucial. At the same time, it just wouldn't be the same without Eddie Valiant or Dolores, the only two live-action characters of much consequence who make it to the end. Really though, every year this doesn't get made is a year it will probably become an even harder sell for the studios, unless a true Disney/Warner Bros. renaissance occurs.
This is the first bit of news to give me any hope that this could be a worthwhile and loyal continuation. The period piece aspect is crucial. At the same time, it just wouldn't be the same without Eddie Valiant or Dolores, the only two live-action characters of much consequence who make it to the end. Really though, every year this doesn't get made is a year it will probably become an even harder sell for the studios, unless a true Disney/Warner Bros. renaissance occurs.
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1:17PM on 11/30/2012
The only thing that keeps me from loving this news is that Bob Hoskins won't be involved. :(
The only thing that keeps me from loving this news is that Bob Hoskins won't be involved. :(
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1:54PM on 11/30/2012
Yeah, I agree with you and @HoyleHaw. The longer they put this off, the more difficult it will be to make. It could be great, but yeah, without Hoskins they'd have to find a companion character that could carry his weight with Roger onscreen and be original enough not to be a rip off of Hoskin's Valiant. Very interested to hear what their concept is...
Yeah, I agree with you and @HoyleHaw. The longer they put this off, the more difficult it will be to make. It could be great, but yeah, without Hoskins they'd have to find a companion character that could carry his weight with Roger onscreen and be original enough not to be a rip off of Hoskin's Valiant. Very interested to hear what their concept is...
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