The character of Roger Rabbit was created by novelist Gary K. Wolf in his 1981 novel, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? It was pretty distinct from the film, not least because Wolf’s toon characters were players in comic books, not animation. It also wasn’t anything like as “family friendly.” And it deigned to feature a ? at the end. I still don’t know why the movie ran shy of that.
By the time of 1991 and Wolf’s follow-up Who P-P-P-Plugged Roger Rabbit? he’d moved a lot of the pieces around to match the movie, even changing several character relationships. The cover of that book features a movie-looking Roger, far removed from the Bugs-gone-Donnie Darko style of the original.
And now, Wolf and Musa Publishing have announced the third book in the series, Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?, using a banner that features the movie versions of Roger, Benny the Cab and Jessica – and Wolf himself.
Some plot details have been revealed, and they’re definitely more P-P-P-Plugged than Censored:
The novel reunites all the old fan favorites—Eddie Valiant, his fuzzy sidekick Roger Rabbit, Baby Herman, and Roger’s va-va-voom mate Jessica, who continue their madcap human and Toonian adventures. This time, Eddie is hired to bodyguard for Gary Cooper and Roger Rabbit, the stars of a new movie that’s been receiving dire threats—shut down the film or else.
I’m curious as to why Wolf dropped his original concepts and adopted somebody else’s so entirely. The most obvious reason would be the pursuit of money, of course, though it would be very interesting if he’d just decided, in fact, his ideas just weren’t as good as those of the filmmakers.
Robert Zemeckis is ready to go with his own Roger Rabbit sequel. Seeing as next year is the 25th anniversary of his first film, the timing for an announcement seems right… right, Disney? Nudge nudge.