‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2’ to go ahead without Bob Hoskins?

Hoskins is retiring, but director Robert Zemeckis says he has a script ready

The long-promised sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit could still happen, says director Robert Zemeckis.

Released in 1988, the original starred Bob Hoskins alongside cartoon characters such as Jessica Rabbit, who was memorably voiced by Kathleen Turner. Directed by Zemeckis, the film earned rave reviews for its clever mix of live action and animation and is now seen as a modern classic.

Zemeckis has always been on board for a sequel, but the project has been stuck in development hell for over a decade. Meanwhile, Hoskins announced this August (2012) that he is to retire from acting after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

However, Zemeckis has yet to give up hope on Who Framed Rabbit 2. Talking to Showbiz411.com at the New York Film Festival on Sunday (October 14), he revealed that he has a script ready.

After expressing sadness about Hoskins’ retirement, the director said: “I have a script at Disney, and we’re just waiting for all the executive changes to settle down there.”

Meanwhile, Disney is planning a 3D re-release of the original Who Framed Roger Rabbit next November (2013) to mark the film’s 25th anniversary.