Wednesday, February 18, 2009

…And the rumors are floating again

Recently, DreamWorks SKG has signed an arrangement with Disney for the distribution of their movies; they will be released under the "Touchstone Pictures” label and the deal is expected to last 5 years, releasing a minimum of 5 or 6 pictures every year.

Since DreamWorks SKG is still managed by movie guru Steven Spielberg, the obvious question comes again:

Finally we’ll be able to get a sequel or prequel from our beloved movie: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”?

More than a year ago, Frank Marshall (one of the original producers of the movie) told to MTV Movies Blog that he was willing to film another Roger Rabbit movie, but some issues got to be solved before getting the rabbit out of the hat. And since Jeffrey Katzenberg (former executive at Walt Disney, now in control of DreamWorks Animation SKG –that runs independently, under the Viacom conglomerate) got some interesting deals with Disney about the broadcasting of some special animated features on ABC, and Robert Zemeckis is working for the mouse in some projects involving MoCap (Motion Capture, as in The Polar Express or Beowulf), you can’t help thinking about the filming of the so-much-promised-yet-so-much-delayed Roger Rabbit prequel, now that Spielberg works closely with the Mouse House.

The only thing I can say is: don’t expect too much from these rumors.

Year after year, people involved in the original Roger Rabbit movie comments about bringing back the bunny under the spotlights, but nothing serious has been done yet. Even they were some rumors about a totally new script, written by Roger Rabbit’s creator Gary K. Wolf. Even if rumors were true, maybe they’re working on the shadows for avoiding public and press pressure.

Yes I know: Katzenberg and Spielberg getting deals with Disney, Zemeckis working with them, a pretty bland celebration of Who Framed Roger Rabbit’s 20th. Anniversary with the usual handful of pins and some expensive collector items… All of that leads to think there’s somethin’s cookin’ (pun intended). But, at least for a while, hold your horses. Disney and DreamWorks have a truckload of pending projects, so don’t expect anything related to Roger Rabbit soon.

P.S. Also remind that Roger Rabbit belongs to Disney AND Amblin Entertainment, so DreamWorks has little or nothing to do in this mess.

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