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Exclusive: The Lion King To Go 3D!
Plus Roger Rabbit 2 & The Snow Queen

22 June 2010  |  Written by Nick de Semlyen  

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Don Hahn may not be a household name, but you’ll know the movies he’s produced: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beauty And The Beast and The Lion King, among many others. The animation legend was recently in London to visit pre-production on Tim Burton’s next movie, Frankenweenie, set to shoot soon at Three Mill Studios, so we grabbed some time with him to talk the forthcoming Beauty And The Beast Blu-ray (check the paper version of Empire soon for more on that). Along the way, he dropped a few tasty news-crumbs, which we of course scooped up in our dustpan of truth...

First, Hahn revealed that Beauty And The Beast isn’t the only Disney classic about to go 3D. A certain cartoon starring a warthog and a meerkat will be returning to cinemas too. “I’m actually trying to work out a 3D conversion of The Lion King. I’ll be doing that when I go back to the States in a couple of weeks,” he said, explaining that we shouldn’t expect to see it for a while yet, since the Disney boffins are taking their time in making Simba, Zazu et al pop out of the screen. “It’s going to be spectacular – we will do a good job for ya! The technology is tremendous. We did A Nightmare Before Christmas a few years ago and Tim thought it was better than the original because it allows you to walk onto the set.”

Just as excitingly, Hahn is involved in the long-awaited sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit. And while it’s all gone quiet in terms of news on Roger 2 — the last we heard was back in November, when it was announced the original’s writers were working on the script — the producer confirms, albeit coyly, that it is still very much happening. “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.”

Less good news with another movie on his slate: The Snow Queen, an adaptation of a classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale that was rumoured to be Disney’s next hand-drawn animation. Consider those rumours now well and truly nixed. “It’s actually been tabled right now,” explains Hahn. “It’s on the low shelf – we can’t reach it! But seriously, we don’t have the story. It’s a bit like Beauty And The Beast, which sat there for years. We cracked Beauty finally by putting in the objects and creating more plot. The Snow Queen we’ve had a lot of trouble with and I’ve spent years on it. I love it and I think it’s one of the last great fairy tales. It’s kind of crappy that it’s just sitting there right now.”

And finally, what of Maleficent, the live-action version of Sleeping Beauty that may (or may not) be directed by Tim Burton and may (or may not) star Angelina Jolie? “That’s another one I can’t talk about! All I can say is that it’s in active development and will be pretty fun. It is great working again with Tim on Frankenweenie, though: I love that he’s back to doing puppets. But Maleficent is a way off and it’s a little too early to talk about it, except to say that it’s happening.”


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L: ArtDepartmentAlbert Please please please don't touch Roger Rabbit (whether it's a 3D conversion of the original or a sequel...) Should they feel obliged to do a sequel, then please please please PLEASE don't turn the animation into crappy Alvin & The Titmunks CGI. That is all, i thank you, Concerned in Kingston ica in 3D??? It'll be R-rated More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 23:56 on 24 June 2010 | Report This Post

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I was discussing this with a friend the other day, I have seen Lion King in 2D at the Imax and that was impressive enough. 3D may be going too far? Either way I'll definitely go and see it in 3D, and I'm sure it'll be a good way to have a younger generation introduced to such an amazing film. It's not like 3D could ruin it or anything. More

Posted by babyclaws at 09:17 on 24 June 2010 | Report This Post

Please please please don't touch Roger Rabbit (whether it's a 3D conversion of the original or a sequel...) Should they feel obliged to do a sequel, then please please please PLEASE don't turn the animation into crappy Alvin & The Titmunks CGI. That is all, i thank you, Concerned in Kingston More

Posted by ArtDepartmentAlbert at 12:38 on 23 June 2010 | Report This Post

OMG!!
The Lion King is the first movie I can remember braving the cinema to go see with my Dad. I was three or four at the time. Happy days. I bought the video, and watched it over and over. I keep looking for it on DVD, maybe this will mean a rerelease? Possibly even on blu-ray? More

Posted by colmshan1990 at 10:23 on 23 June 2010 | Report This Post

Can't wait for those Burton films
Frankenweenie and Maleficient Burton and Jolie? I've become a fan of Jolie since Changeling And Burton will always be my FAV director More

Posted by monkeyhumour at 03:45 on 23 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: The Lion King To Go 3D!
I've mixed feelings about this-i think anyone who doesn't have kids will hate this move. But parents who do will enjoy bringing their kids to these films-from that point i would too,but my kids are tired of the 3D sell doing the rounds at the moment. My 5 year old daughter sums it up perfectly,when she says she wants to watch films "with her own eyes"-i think the marketing people need to be careful here,if kids defect,so do the parents. More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 01:00 on 23 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: The Lion King To Go 3D!
I know. I wonder whether they will rerelease it in 2D at the cinema? I'd quite like to see it again on the big screen, for the nostalgia. More

Posted by swordsandsandals at 00:47 on 23 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: The Lion King To Go 3D!
Whoah, how incredibly pointless.  More

Posted by Deviation at 00:31 on 23 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Exclusive: The Lion King To Go 3D!
So it wont it be very flat or is it a remake? The 3D gimmick is very tired already. More

Posted by rich at 00:01 on 23 June 2010 | Report This Post

The Lion King in 3D
What's the point? More

Posted by swordsandsandals at 23:31 on 22 June 2010 | Report This Post

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