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We've been hearing rumors for years regarding a potential sequel to the Robert Zemeckis hit Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but at the end of the day it very well could be another project that brings the titular cartoon bunny back to the big screen. The other day rumors were launched that a remake of the Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis comedy The Stooge was in the works with the lead characters set to be replaced by Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit. But as outlandish as that may sound, it turns out that it's actually true.
Following on the heels of the rumor, which was launched by AICN, the great Gary K. Wolf, who created Roger Rabbit, wrote a letter to the site explaining that the movie is real and currently being pitched as a 100% animated film to Disney/Pixar. According to the author, the film would have many of the same plot elements as the original version of The Stooge - which came out in 1952 - but would not be a straight remake. Producer Erik von Wodtke has already developed a story and a treatment for the movie, which is invisione4d as a "musical buddy comedy." Said Wolf about the project,
"This is a co-star pairing made in cartoon heaven. Two iconic cartoon characters playing off one another in a story that has the heart and emotional soul of films like Wall-E and Toy Story. What Disney fan wouldn’t want to see that?"
The writer also notes that this happens to be a big year for his most popular creation. 2013 is the 25th anniversary of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which will be celebrated both with a "commemorative Blu-ray edition in March" as well as Wolf's third Roger Rabbit novel, "Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?", which will be out in November. And while the potential sequel to Zemeckis' classic is a completely different project than The Stooge, the author says, "in an ideal, rabbit-centric world, Disney will make both."
This will certainly be an interesting development, not just because of the potential return of Roger Rabbit, but because it's been a long time since Mickey Mouse has been on the big screen too. We'll just have to wait and see how far this project gets.