Rob Minkoff on nearly making Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2
The director of The Lion King nearly ended up making Roger Rabbit 2...
Arriving in UK cinemas today is DreamWorks Animation's new film, Mr Peabody & Sherman. The film is directed by Rob Minkoff, returning to animation for the first time since The Lion King.
Minkoff chatted to us about the film in an interview that you can read here, and during our chat, he also revealed that he came close to making Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2, just before he did The Lion King.
Minkoff had worked on the Roger Rabbit short films, and as he told us, "after I'd finished the second Roger Rabbit short, I got a call that they had the script of the Roger Rabbit sequel. Would I read it, then come in to discuss directing the whole movie? So I did that, got hired to do that, and worked on it for a year or so. Eventually they decided to shelve the project".
There's been more than on attempt to get Roger Rabbit 2 moving in the past, and as Minkoff told us, the one he was working on "was about Roger Rabbit trying to find his mother. That was the conceit, that somehow she'd gone to Hollywood, and he'd find her there. Then it turned into something like Sunset Boulevard! Anyway, we worked on that for a year, and they said it wasn't right, and didn't want to do it, and it got shelved".
Last we heard, director Robert Zemeckis was still interested in making another Roger Rabbit film, but it doesn't seem to be getting anywhere fast...