JJ Abrams has revealed that he and Steven Spielberg briefly started working on a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Abrams, then and up-and-coming screenwriter, had a meeting with Spielberg in 1989, three years after the innovative comedy film mixing animation with live action became a box office smash.
Recalling the meeting during an interview on the Nerdist podcast, Abrams said: “It was for a Roger Rabbit sequel. It was a whole thing. I actually have some storyboards for a Roger Rabbit short.”
“We were writing an outline [for a sequel], but it honestly went away before it was anything,” Abrams added. “This was a long time ago. [Robert] Zemeckis probably would’ve been a producer on it. This was 1989.”
Robert Zemeckis directed the classic 1986 film, with Spielberg serving as its executive producer. The film’s star Bob Hoskins retired from acting in 2012, but Zemeckis said later that year that a sequel was still possible. Hoskins passed away in 2014.
Frank Marshall, a producer on the original film, said in 2012 that a follow-up was once “very, very close” to being made. “It was more of a prequel, it was all about how Roger came to Hollywood,” he explained.