Robert Zemeckis is about to jump out of the starting gate with his newest attempt to convince us all that performance capture is a technology that can open up new options in filmmaking and support an entire film on its own.
I’m writing, of course, about Disney’s A Christmas Carol (AKA The Jim Carrey Christmas Carol, since the actor plays Scrooge and the three ghosts), opening this Friday in “glorious” 3D. Zemeckis has been the non-James-Cameron proponent for motion capture technology with fare like The Polar Express and Beowulf slowly pushing us up the opposite side of the uncanny valley.
The question that comes and goes with each Zemeckis release remains the same: when is the director of Cast Away, Forest Gump and the Back To The Future Trilogy going to get back in the director’s chair of a live action movie.
The answer, it seems, is a mixed bag, but an AWESOME mixed bag, because the next Zemeckis project might just be the sequel to the Oscar-winning Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
MTV News has now exclusively learned that Zemeckis is not only pumped to bring the flustered cartoon bunny back to the big screen after 20 years, but that he has commissioned a script. And guess who’s writing it? Original scribes Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman.
“There’s a script that’s being developed,” he revealed, adding, “We’ve got the original writers that are working on it now — Seaman and Price.”
In 1988, cell animation laid over live action was the motion capture of the day. In a very real way, it started Zemeckis’ obsession with the cutting edge of visual effects.
Robert has already teased Roger Rabbit 2 on several occasions, even if this is the first news we’re getting of a script. Zemeckis has previously said that there would be some motion capture 3D effects in the second Roger, but the 2D characters from the first film would remain 2D.
What’s more, he’s said he’s talking to Bob Hoskins.
Puh-puh-puh-puh-pleeeeze. Let’s get this movie goin.