Monday, January 14, 2008
BREAKING NEWS ! Roger Rabbit Producer Talks Sequel ! ! !
Over at MTV Movies Blog, some time in December, Roger Rabbit producer Frank Marshall told MTV News that he's still "open" to the possibility of another film. The much rumored sequel to Roger kept falling apart in the mid-90s because legal issues and high production costs.
"It came pretty close. We shot a test. We had a script. But unfortunately, we didn't have computer generated animation quite yet -it was just too expensive," Marshall explained of the untitled sequel project, "Roger Rabbit 2." "If you think about it, in the original movie there's really only 48 minutes of animation and in the new movie - or in that movie - he was in everything. So it went from 48 minutes of animation to over 100 minutes of animation."
"I remember we shot the test to try and see how much we could do with digital props - We weren't even into digital characters yet," Marshall continued. "The idea was to see what we could do with digital props as opposed to what we did in the original movie where everything was puppeted - all the props were puppeted by strings and wires and poles."
For the first time ever, Marshall also revealed details of the plot of "Roger Rabbit 2," and if you thought Toontown was a trip, you should have seen where they were sending Roger next.
"New York!" Marshall enthused of the setting for the second film. "Roger was a song and dance man in New York City [when he] discovered that he wanted to be in the movies and so he came across the country. I remember there being a big dance number. He came out with a troupe of sort of Busby Berkeley dancers on a train and they got to Hollywood and he and Baby Herman moved in together. And that's when he met Eddie Valiant."
This is the first time ever since the finish of the original movie that anyone involved with it has publicly commented on a second Roger Rabbit film. For this information to come this late after the original (i.e. the 20th Anniversary!) and in such detail, And after Disney released it's latest live action/animation film "Enchanted" AND after the art of computer animation has gone full force - these comments really leave one guessing just how serious Frank Marshall is. However, it's now buzzing around the internet and eveyone has their ears crossed on the news that awaits!
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