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J.J. Abrams Almost Made ‘Roger Rabbit’ Sequel

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Disney

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? released almost thirty years ago, and since then, Robert Zemeckis’ movie has become a classic. At the time of the film’s release there was talk that we could see a sequel happening in the near future. Fast forward until today, and we still haven’t seen a Roger Rabbit sequel, but according to J.J. Abrams, he almost was a teenager tasked with making the film.

This week while promoting 10 Cloverfield Lane, J.J. Abrams took a moment to talk about a meeting he had about a potential sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? According to an interview with Nerdist (via Slashfilm), J.J. Abrams said that Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy called him requesting a meeting when he was a teenager, about his idea for a sequel:

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Disney
Jessica Rabbit is looking vivacious in her red dress, in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. Image: Disney

“When I was 16, Kathleen Kennedy called Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and I, to ask if we would repair these 8mm films Steven had made when he was a kid. It happened because we were in a film festival and she had read about us in the LA Times. So, of course, we said yes and did the repairs.

Years later I got to meet Steven. I went into a meeting…actually, it was for a Roger Rabbit sequel. It was a whole thing. I actually have some storyboards for a Roger Rabbit short. Honestly, we never really got to that phase [where it got serious]. We were writing an outline, but it honestly went away before it was anything. This was a long time ago. Zemeckis probably would have been a producer on it. This was 1989.”

Roger Rabbit sequel would have been an instant success, and I feel that it could still work if created today. It is now considered to be a cult classic, and is the only film to date that has both Disney characters and Warner Brother characters. Warner Brothers was so strict with their usage rules for Bugs and Daffy, that Disney decided to have them all be in the same scenes.

Brad Repka

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