A Sequel To ‘Roger Rabbit’ Was Discussed Between Steven Spielberg And J.J. Abrams

Danny Cox - Author

Mar. 13 2016, Updated 8:29 p.m. ET

J.J. Abrams is now in the record books of Disney stardom thanks to the monstrous work done on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Well, he was almost in their good graces long before that and it would have come due to a film that has become a cult classic. It appears Abrams once spoke to the legendary Steven Spielberg about doing a sequel to the cult classic, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?


The film was released in 1988 and it was so incredibly ahead of its time that is is absolutely ridiculous. For years, there has been talk that a sequel would happen to Robert Zemeckis’ film that partnered the real world with that of Toon Town.

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On a recent edition of the Nerdist podcast, Abrams was with director Dan Trachtenberg to help promote 10 Cloverfield Lane. Of course, that brought on talk of Star Wars and such, but then an amazing story made its way into existence.

Abrams considers Lucasfilms’ Kathleen Kennedy a mentor of his and he remembered the first time he got a call from her. She was asking him to restore some 8mm film for Steven Spielberg.

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“I’ve told this story before, but when I was 16 Kathleen Kennedy called Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and I, to ask if we would repair these 8mm films Steven had made when he was a kid. It happened because we were in a film festival and she had read about us in the LA Times. So, of course, we said yes and did the repairs.”

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Abrams had actually really hoped to meet Steven Spielberg because he wanted to pitch an idea to him. An idea that had been in his head for some time.


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