Animator and producer Don Hahn recently spoke up about two high profile projects: the conversion of Disney's animated smash The Lion King to 3D, and an update on the Roger Rabbit sequel.
On the latter subject, Hahn was tight-lipped, but when asked about director Robert Zemeckis' comments that a sequel was being written, Hahn replied, "Yeah, I couldn't possibly comment. I deny completely, but yeah...if you're a fan, pretty soon you're going to be very, very, very happy."
As for The Lion King, Hahn insisted the conversion process would be done right. "It's going to be spectacular - we will do a good job [and] the technology is tremendous." Hahn previously had a hand in the wildly successful conversions of Beauty and the Beast and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas into 3D.
Zemeckis and original producer Steven Spielberg have talked on and off about a Roger Rabbit sequel for many years, but the project has yet to move past the development stage. The original won Richard Williams a Special Achievement Oscar for his work combining the live-action and animated characters, while also taking home the statues for Film Editing, Visual Effects, and Sound Effects Editing. In November, while promoting A Christmas Carol, Zemeckis assured fans that, despite his work in motion-capture CG animation, Roger would be animated using traditional techniques, should a sequel go forward.