In February, we reported that Walt Disney Studios was moving forward on a remake of the 1952 comedy The Stooge starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Only in this version, Mickey Mouse and Roger Rabbit would be the leads in what was described as a mix of CGI and live action that also featured cameos from Walt Disney himself and Orson Welles. This news came directly from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? creator and writer of the original novel upon which the movie is based, Gary K. Wolf.
This morning, we somehow managed to get the reclusive Roger Rabbit himself (aka published scientist and comedian Charles Fleischer) on the phone to talk about the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Blu-ray coming out March 12th, and he called this news a little white lie.
"I would say the key word of the phrase is 'rumor'. Yes. It is unsubstantiated. I would say that any sequel that will occur will more than likely involve Mr. Robert Zemeckis. This is a rumor. That is it. Although, I am not an executive at Disney Studios. I would wager that it is more than a rumor. I would say its closer to a fabrication. But you never know. That's why they call it a "roo-muuuur!"
When asked if it was, in fact, Gary K. Wolf who had perpetuated this rumor, Roger confirmed this fact, before trying to sell us on his upcoming Blu-ray.
"Yes. He did. But I will say...What isn't a rumor is the Blu-ray DVD which is available on the 12th. That is not only important because it represents Roger on his 25th Anniversary, in eye-popping color, but because it also includes the 3 shorts that were released subsequently to be the openers for Dick Tracy, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and Out of Africa."
Will we see Mickey and Roger teaming up for The Stooge sometime in the near future? Maybe, but Roger seemed a little less enthusiastic about it this morning.