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Hey! Let's Ruin Another Movie with Unecessary Technology

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 30, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 30, 2009 |

Sometime over the next two days — I’m not going to say when, exactly — I’m going to completely make up a trade item. The remakes, the reboots, and the sequels have gotten so absurd, that absolutely nothing is out of the question anymore. So, keep on the lookout for a completely fabricated news item — see if you can detect which one it is.

This one is not it. MTV recently spoke to Robert Zemeckis, who has done something remarkable of late. While everyone else is managing with computer animation, special effects, and 3D technology to make their movies look prettier and prettier, Zemeckis has developed a way to make money by making his movies look like shitty video games. I speak, of course, of Beowulf and Polar Express and the upcoming The Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey as Scrooge and the three Ghosts. Those films are just flat-out ugly.

But, Zemeckis is some pioneer of sorts, and with his brain wrapped around this new technology, he’s starting to think of other ways he can apply it. Here’s your answer: This week, in an interview with MTV, he stated (via ComingSoon):

Talk of a “Roger Rabbit” sequel has been going on since the film originally hit theaters, but now it appears closer than ever. Speaking to MTV News this week, director Robert Zemeckis confirmed that he’s been “buzzing” about bringing his twittery character back to the bigscreen.

“I’ll tell you what is buzzing around in my head now that we have the ability—the digital tools, performance capture—I’m starting to think about ‘Roger Rabbit,’” he told us.

That’s a horrible idea. What made Roger Rabbit such a decent film, in part, was the spectacular 2D animation. I’d really hate to see a sequel all Polar Expressed up and combined, possibly, with live action. It feels less like a good idea for a movie and just another excuse to blow out the joint with newfangled technology. A lot of this new technology is eye-popping, but it’s starting to affect a movie’s sense of intimacy.

Whatever: I didn’t like the first Roger Rabbit that much to begin with.

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