For a while there Robert Zemeckis was keen on making a sequel to the classic “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” but didn’t have much success. It has been years since we last heard him talk about the project, and this week he tells The Telegraph that he doesn’t think it’ll go ahead.
Disney owns the script and Zemeckis claims the current corporate Disney culture and its more family-friendly focus has no interest in a follow-up to what remains a fairly dark film. Plus there’s the challenge that’s inherent to sequels:
“Most sequels, you’re behind the eight-ball on them. When audiences clamor for a sequel, what they’re really doing is expressing their enthusiasm for the movie they just saw. And that means they’ll have a love-hate relationship with whatever comes next, because they want it to be the same movie, but different. If it’s too similar, they don’t like it. And if it’s too different, they really don’t like it. There’s nothing more difficult.”
He goes on to describe the film as “more a continuation than a sequel” to the 1988 original, one which follows Roger and Jessica Rabbit into the next few years of period film as it moves on from film noir to the world of the 1950s. The script also includes the ghost of Eddie Valiant as a character, with a digital version of actor Bob Hoskins to be used if it went ahead.