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Peter T Chattaway

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Links to our threads on The Muppet Movie (1979), America's Next Muppet (in development), the Muppet Show reboot (in development) and Fraggle Rock (in development).

Links to our other threads on 'Do Muppets have souls?' (Jan 2004), 'Mickey owns Kermit now.' (Feb 2004) and 'casting muppets in remakes' (Dec 2004).

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Segal and Stroller take on Muppets

Disney has enlisted scribe-thesp Jason Segel and helmer Nick Stoller to create the next Muppet movie for the studio.

Segel and Stoller will write the script and Stoller will direct.

Segel, who graduated from Apatow-produced skeins "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared" got his first sole writing credit on the Apatow-produced "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Universal releases the pic, which Stoller directed, on April 18.

In "Sarah Marshall" Segel's character writes a "Dracula" musical performed by puppets. Those cloth creatures were custom-made by the Henson puppeteers, and the experience emboldened Segel to pitch his concept for a Muppets movie when he was invited in for a general meeting with exec Kristin Burr. Segel got a deal in the room and enlisted Stoller to co-write and direct the project. . . .

Variety, March 12

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Whoops. Wrong forum. Don't know how that happened. (But I can guess.) Moderators, please move. Thanks.

Oh, I don't know... If the new film focuses mainly on Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, then Science and Technology may be the perfect forum. After all, the two were voted the UK's favorite screen scientists.

1. Beaker and Dr Honeydew (The Muppets) – 33%

2. Mr Spock (Star Trek) – 15%

3. The Doctor (Doctor Who) – 13%

4. Q (James Bond) – 9%

5. Dr Emmett Brown (Back to the Future) – 8%

6. Dana Scully (The X Files) – 8%

7. Dr Strangelove – 5%

8. Frank ’N’ Furter (Rocky Horror Picture Show) – 4%

9. Dr Evil (Austin Powers) – 4%

10. Dr Frankenstein – 1%

Edited by Baal_T'shuvah

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1. Beaker and Dr Honeydew (The Muppets)

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Peter, I'll be smiling the rest of the evening. Grodin returns to Muppetland. Awesome.

Now, if he could just find an opportunity to play Jonathan Mardukas again in something...

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Wasn't Pappy O'Daniel given the lifetime aware on the Golden Globes last time 'round? IIRC (I'm a bit frazzled), he didn't look too good--they'd better start shooting ASAP.

Are you thinking of Charles (Pappy O'Daniel) Durning?

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Jim Hill ponders whether the firing of Dick Cook might jeapordize the Muppet movie, just as it seems to have jeapordized the next Pirates of the Caribbean.

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This one's for Jeff:

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Jason Segel Reveals Surprise Muppet Movie Cameo ... It's Charles Grodin!

With just two movie roles in the past 15 years, you could say that veteran actor Charles Grodin is a little lost.

Perhaps he should have tried Hare Krishna?

OK, if you don

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According to IMDB, Seigel is also involved in an upcoming "remake" of Gulliver's Travels. The script comes from fellow Apatowian Nicholas Stoller, and Rob Letterman (Monsters Vs. Aliens) is directing. As for Lemuel himself, he'll be played by Jack Black.

A&F thread is here.

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Vulture Exclusive: Flight of the Conchords Co-Creator May Direct the New Muppet Movie

The Flight of the Conchords may be permanently grounded at HBO, but one of its guiding forces may soon help the Muppets take flight. Vulture has learned that James Bobin, who co-created the critically praised, ratings-challenged, and now-defunct cable show, is being offered the director's chair today on Walt Disney Pictures’ next Muppet movie. A Disney insider tells Vulture that while no deal has been finalized, "the movie is James' to direct — if he wants it." Neither the studio nor Bobin's reps at Creative Artists would comment, but involved sources say that the plan is to put the film into production by late summer. . . .

Vulture, January 28

'Flight of the Conchords' co-creator will direct Disney's Muppet movie

Bobin’s name emerged as the lead choice after “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were on track to directed but abruptly did a detour, inking a deal to helm “21 Jump Street” at Sony instead. . . .

Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller wrote the new Muppet project. Segel is described as a “Muppet freak” by those close to him, with paraphernalia from the Jim Henson show all over his pad. Plot details are being kept secret, but Bobin is expected to bring a musical sensibility to the project, which is being produced by Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.

In addition to “Conchords,” CAA-repped Bobin was a writer on “Da Ali G Show” and has the comedy “Moon People” set up at Sony. . . .

Hollywood Reporter, January 29

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The Playlist -- or, rather, one of their contacts -- reviews the script.

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Jason Segel to star in Muppets movie (exclusive)

Jason Segel has found his rainbow connection with Disney's Muppets movie, signing to star as the human lead.

He also will join David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films/TV, the studio-based shingle behind last year's "The Proposal," as a producer on the project. . . .

Hollywood Reporter, March 15

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With more merch & a new movie in the pipeline, there’s no stopping the Muppets now

So – given that the Muppets are in the middle of this rather large resurgence – is it any wonder that, a week ago today, Walt Disney Studios revealed that it was developing a brand-new Muppets feature film which it hopes to put into production this fall and then release sometime in 2011?

FYI: This is a completely different project than the one that was announced back at September of 2009 at the D23 EXPO. The Mouse House no longer plans on making “The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made.” Mind you, the film that Mickey is thinking of producing is currently untitled. But the word on the Web that this project is reportedly called “The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made.” More importantly, that this production will be directed by “Flight of the Conchords” creator James Bobin and feature a screenplay that's written by Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller. . . .

Jim Hill Media, April 29

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Link to the Hollywood Reporter story that Film Guide copied-and-pasted.

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Amy Adams may be joining the cast as Segel's girlfriend.

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ComingSoon.net has posted scans of Entertainment Weekly's two-page sneak peek of this film:

The article mentions that the new Muppet in the film will be Walter, who you can see holding the smartphone below. He's described as "a sweet, slightly naive twenty-something Everypuppet who, in the movie, is the best friend and roommate of Segel's character, Gary. Both Gary and Walter are die-hard Muppet fans."

"Walter is the kind of guy who faints when he sees Kermit," Bobin told the magazine. "Walter has a little bit of a self-confidence issue because he's the only person like him that he's seen aside from the Muppets," Segel explained. "His dream is to meet the Muppets and be around people who are like him."

EW says that when Gary and Walter learn that the Muppet Theater is in danger of being torn down, they set out to save it by reuniting Kermit, Piggy, and the entire troupe to stage an old-fashioned extravaganza.

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Awesome. Now, when I see the name Eddie Izzard, I will weep for joy.

Edited by Overstreet

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The 50 Greatest Muppets.

Wait a minute, they include Labyrinth characters, but not Dark Crystal characters? Where's Aughra? Where's Kira and Fizzgig? Where's the Chamberlain?

Otherwise... a good list.

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50 greatest Muppets is too many. 25 greatest Muppets might be too many. Certainly any list that starts with a new Muppet no one has ever heard of is digging too deep.

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I don't like this poster... nope... not at all...

muppetsposter_630.jpg

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I don't like this poster... nope... not at all...

In so many, many ways.

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