Perhaps we’ve found out why Robert Zemeckis‘ proposed Roger Rabbit 2 fell by the wayside.
According to Gary K. Wolf (with thanks to Aint it Cool for the heads up), the creator of Roger Rabbit and author of the original novel, there’s a pitch being evaluated at Disney for a picture that would see his stuttering bunny reteamed with Mickey Mouse.
The particular twist is that this film would be a remake of the old Martin and Lewis comedy, The Stooge. Mickey Mouse would take Dean Martin‘s role and Roger would stand in for Jerry Lewis.
Well, that kind of makes sense.
But there’s more:
The film incorporates five specific locations from the Disneyland park. It also introduces the Toon Train, an exciting and interesting way to travel through Toontown.
The film features real-life people. Walt Disney costars. Orson Wells makes an appearance.
And there it starts to slip away from sense, just a little. It could work but celebrity lookalikes? On top of the animated characters? Just seems a tiny bit unwieldy.
Wolf doesn’t say who has pitched this idea to Disney, or how he heard of it. Maybe it was his own pitch, and this is his way of getting it some support, and in theory, momentum with the studio. Or maybe somebody just thought to tip off the originator of Roger Rabbit about what’s going on with his creation.
Wolf comments that:
The packaged Development Proposal is currently being evaluated by Disney and Pixar. Meetings are happening! Directors and writers are being evaluated.
The mention of directors and writers suggests it’s being taken seriously but I’m sure this project still has a long, long stretch of obstacle course to scramble across.
I guess it could happen. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for more.
In the meantime, here’s the trailer for the Martin and Lewis original.
UPDATE: Now, I’ve looked through a number of other stories on Gary K, Wolf’s site and while many are straight-up, like news of the Roger Rabbit Blu-ray or link to a Jessica Rabbit fan site, othersare just fiction. Utter fiction. Deliberately.
Like this one:
Rumor has it that short-tempered, fast living, fist fighting, hard drinking literary bad boy Gary K. Wolf is up for a major starrer in Stan “the Man” Kramer’s new Roger Rabbit/Gary Cooper opus currently set up at Columbia. What kind of role could they possibly have to suit a short-fused firecracker like the Wolfman? This could mean big trouble’s coming to that set. The Wolfman and Cooper are like oil and water. They’re not going to mix well.
I expect his Stooge story fits into the fiction category. Clear as mud, Wolf, but carry on…