Everyone loves Who Framed Roger Rabbit right? I rewatched it recently and feel it still supplies a strange but winning mixture of noir plotting, adult jokes, and goofy cartoon antics. It's better than Space Jam, is what I'm saying. Though regular jam is still king.
The story actually came from a book by author Gary K. Wolf called Who Censored Roger Rabbit? Wolf later wrote a sequel called Who P-P-Plugged Roger Rabbit? And now we learn that a third book will be released electronically on November 29. It's called Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? It's only a matter of time before Wolf finishes the series with Who The Fuck Fucking Murdered Roger Rabbit?
Here's a synopsis for Roger's new adventure:
Hard-boiled gumshoe Eddie Valiant lands a plum job as Gary Cooper’s bodyguard while Coop scouts locations for his next movie—a screwball comedy titled Hi, Toon! But Eddie’s dream job quickly turns into a nightmare. The film’s being shot in Toontown, and Coop’s co-star turns out to be none other than Roger Rabbit. Eddie’s a big fan of Coop. Of Roger? Not so much.
A sinister hoodlum threatens to murder Coop if the movie gets made. Before long, Eddie, Coop, Roger, and the ever-glamorous Jessica Rabbit are embroiled in a mystery that could destroy Toontown. When Roger bites off more Toonish trouble than Eddie can swallow, the answer to the question Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? swiftly becomes no laughing matter.
Robert Zemeckis has never totally lost interest in making another Roger Rabbit film. It makes more sense to do one now because while the original was a technically exciting and novel mixture of cartoons and live action actors, we're totally used to that shit now. So it's finally become mainstream!
Maybe this book will supply Zemeckis with the story that finally gets him going. Probably not though. I'm no filmmaker, but it's hard to look at that book cover and think "I can do better."