Remember Who Framed Roger Rabbit? It was a landmark film directed by Robert Zemeckis, seamlessly combining live-action and animation and was awarded four Oscars, including one for special achievement, for its efforts. Naturally, there’s always been talk of a sequel, but 25 years on there’s no sign of any follow-up coming to our multiplexes. However, that’s not to say that there’s not some kind of Roger Rabbit sequel in our future…
who framed roger rabbit
Nerd Art Dump: “American Gothic” With a Twist, Evil Power Rangers, Deadpool Celebrates Canada, and MOAR!
Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.
On with the dump!
Above: Based on classic Grant Wood painting “American Gothic”, but with a Warner Bros. twist, “Toontown Gothic” by Ian Glaubinger looks to bring back Who Framed Roger Rabbit‘s Jessica and Roger Rabbit. If there were more pieces of work in galleries like this you might see more people actually in galleries. [Comics Alliance]
Hit the jump for The World’s End, beavers and more. (more…)
‘Roger Rabbit’ Sequel is Definitely Going to Get Made. Meanwhile, There Absolutely Won’t be a ‘Roger Rabbit’ Sequel
For years, Robert Zemeckis has been hinting at the possibility of a sequel to his 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Talks, teases and rumors… it’s all been hogwash and hootenanny, really.
In 2010, however, Zemeckis revealed that a sequel was officially in motion. Zemeckis had been going around saying he had a good idea in mind, and that original screen writers were working on a script. Zemeckis also mentioned that he’d been discussing the film with Bob Hoskins to reprise his role as the toon hating detective Eddie Valiant.
Promise of a sequel quickly fizzled out when, last summer, it was announced Bob Hoskins retired from acting due to the onset of Parkinson’s disease. Bummer… but wait!
Robert Zemeckis’ long time producing partners Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey attended the London premiere of Flight the other night, and were asked about Roger Rabbit 2. Hoskin health issues be damned, because they said a sequel is still in the works. The two producers said the following:
Steve Starkey: That [Roger Rabbit] sequel is going to get made. Trust me. Yeah, we have a great script and we’re just trying to pull it together and see if we can pull it off but we’re ready to go. If somebody says Go, we’re there.
It’s troublesome [but] we last had lunch with [Bob Hoskins]… we’ll figure out a way. With digital technology there’s always a way to get a guy on his feet.
Jack Rapke: And he’s ready to do it. He’s ready to do it.
Well, alright then. Back on track, right? Well… maybe not.
Zemeckis was also at the premier, and was also asked about the status of the sequel. He’s comments were a little less promising.
Robert Zemeckis: No, there won’t be a sequel.
So, the Roger Rabbit sequel is definitely going to get made. Meanwhile, there absolutely won’t be a Roger Rabbit sequel. I’m confused lol.
Either Zemeckis knows something Starky and Rapke (their names sound like buddy cops) don’t know, or he’s lying. Perhaps he’s trying to get reporters to stop asking him about it?
Hard to believe that its been nearly a quarter of a century since the release of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Yes, you’re that old.) Bet you thought all that sequel talk was over and done with ages ago?
With over forty years of experience, three Golden Globe nominations and an Emmy award under his belt, English actor Bob Hoskins had quite a storied career. Now, after four decades in the business that shaped his life, Hoskins has decided to throw in the towel and retire from professional acting.
This isn’t some weird bid to gain interest in a new film or upcoming project, but because of Bob’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease last Fall. The actor has decided to retire in order to spend more time with his family. With films like Brazil, Mermaids, Who framed Roger Rabbit, his work as Smee in both 1991’s Hook and 2011’s Neverland, as well as the recently released Snow White and The Huntsman Hoskins has earned his stripes and a well deserved retirement.
According to a statement released by Hoskins’ agent:
Bob Hoskins wishes to announce that he will be retiring from acting, following his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease last autumn. He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career. Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family, and would greatly appreciate that his privacy be respected at this time.
We all hope that Bob gets better and enjoys a long retirement with his family. We’ll miss his talents on the big screen.
I have a nerd confession. Robert Zemeckis‘s 1988 film ” Who Framed Roger Rabbit” was the first time that I explored my body, sexually. Before you go thinking I have a fetish for rabbits, I tickled my taint and rubbed my nub to Roger’s hot wife, Jessica Rabbit. Uh, cartoon sized breasts (literally), red hair, long legs and that raspy Kathleen Turner voice….OH MY! It was the first time when I said “I think I like girls” and also the first and last time my parents will ever catch me watching a cartoon naked.
Anyway, besides Jessica, “Roger Rabbit” was a fantastic film. A kids movie about a cartoon Rabbit who is accused of murder and needs the help of a human detective to prove his innocence. Gee, they just don’t make kids movies like this anymore, do they? Certainly a beloved, nerd classic. And, what does every nerd classic eventually get? That’s right, a sequel. For years now, Robert Zemeckis has been hinting at the possibility of a “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” sequel. In fact talks have been going on since the first film was released, but in 1998 we almost had one. A newly uncovered 1998 screen test (below), shows just how close we almost got a sequel before the end of the millennium.
Well, that’s certainly interesting, indeed. Now, what is the status on the sequel? Well, only back in April 2009 did we first start to hear rumblings pick back up again. Zemeckis had been going around saying he had a good idea in mind. Then in July, he said he’d been discussing the film with Bob Hoskins. Later that month he revealed that the original screen writers were working on a script. Now, the most recent and brief update comes from Bob Hoskins.
‘Zemekis said he’s going to do it like a Christmas Carol, but I’m 67 years old! I’ll look like a cartoon at that point! If they do it, I’m in!’
Certainly doesn’t indicate that we are any closer to a sequel. But, at least we know Zemeckis and crew are talking about it. The likelyhood of “Roger Rabbit 2” is good.
I’d really like to see a sequel. I love that goddamn rabbit. Zemeckis, however concerns me. He hasn’t done anything good in the last decade. It’s been nothing but horrible motion capture films. And, when I say horrible motion capture I don’t mean the motion capture was horrible I mean the films were horrible. I.E. The Polar Express, Monster House and Beowulf. I don’t think he has it in him anymore. Oh well, time will tell on this one, I guess.
Easter will be here in less than a week, which means that Walgreen’s has been forcing rabbits on you since December. If you’re tired of stale chocolate bunnies and pastel-colored junk but still want to get into the spirit (Wait, just how do you get into the spirit for Easter? No, seriously. The books say that a guy died and then came back to life. How does this turn into “Happy Easter?”), look no further. The five sly animated rabbits below will save you from pink Peep hell (and if you’re reeeeeally nice, I’ll give you a bonus character).