With directors like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg converting their previous films to 3-D, it’s not difficult to imagine that something from Robert Zemeckis’ career, like “Back to the Future” for example, would be next up for the jump to another dimension.
But when MTV News’ Josh Horowitz put the question to the legendary director, Zemeckis said that he would only consider his 1988 comedy, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” for conversion.
“The only one is’ Roger Rabbit,’ because you could really pull the animation out as a separate element. It would be very spectacular 3-D,” Zemeckis said. “As far as converting, the ’Back to the Future” films… I don’t see the point in that. But they did a test on ’Roger’ back in 2006, somewhere around then, and it looks really great.”
Speaking of Roger, there has long been talk of a sequel being in the works, and Zemeckis confirmed that while he’s happy with the script, all that’s left is to wait for Disney.
“I’m happy with the script. It’s very good. It’s written by the original writers, and it’s good,” he said. “[But Disney] is still thinking about it. If I were to do the sequel, it would be done just like the first one. It would look the same way, but we would present it in 3-D in its release. I would do all of the animation hand-drawn; 2-D, but using 3-D tools. It wouldn’t be like Pixar 3-D. It wouldn’t look like that.”
But times have changed since the cartoon crossover. Pixar characters may have taken over animation, but they’re staying out of any potential “Roger Rabbit” sequel.
“No, this would again be another period movie,” he said. “That’s all I can say!”