This year marks the 30th anniversary of the hit Disney film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Brought to the screen by legendary filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, the film was a revolutionary mix of classic 2-D animation and live action. Since then fans have been clamoring for more of the plucky bunny. A sequel script has been in development all the way back to 1988 when the film was released. There was even a draft in 2013, written by Gary K. Wolf, the author of the novel the original film was adapted from.
Wolf’s script was a prequel “buddy comedy” featuring a team-up of Roger and Mickey Mouse but was ultimately abandoned. With Hollywood’s current spate of rebooting and adding sequels to old hits, you’d think it would be a perfect time for Roger to make a comeback. According to Zemeckis though, a new Roger Rabbit movie isn’t likely to happen anytime soon.
In a recent interview with Yahoo!, the director was asked what the current state of the script is and if Disney had any plans to finally make the film. Although he seems to love the current story, he doesn’t seem optimistic about its future:
“I don’t think so. I don’t know where it fits in in their universe. There’s no princess in it, so I don’t know where that would be. There’s a wonderful script sitting at Disney that is really good, but I don’t think it’s on their radar.”
As sad as that is to hear, it’s not very surprising. In recent years, Disney has had great success with not only their princess movies but also recreating their classic animated films into live-action adaptations. With the upcoming releases of films like Frozen 2, Dumbo and the Maleficent sequel, it doesn’t seem like they plan to change course anytime soon. There could always be hope in this digital age though. The new Disney+ streaming service is set to launch later this year. With all the new content needed, Roger Rabbit 2 could still find a home on the small screen.
Photo Credit: Disney/Roger Rabbit
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