Jason Segel Reveals New Muppets Movie Details
Somehow we missed this. Back on March 12th, Variety announced that Jason Segel and Nick Stoller, star and director (respectively) of the upcoming comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, would be creating a new Muppets movie. It was somewhat of a shocking announcement, but then again, their movie does feature a few Muppet-infused scenes, including an entire musical number near the end with Jim Henson puppets. If you haven't seen it yet (which most haven't), you will get the joke when you do (it's pretty damn funny). Our friend Devin over at CHUD caught up with Segel over this past weekend in Hawaii and got him to reveal some elements of the story.
The original announcement included sparse details; Segal and Stoller will write the script and Stoller will direct, that was it. In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Jason Segel, who is an avid Muppets fan in real life, writes a Dracula musical that he performs with puppets that were actually made by the Henson folks. He later pitched the idea for a Muppets movie in a meeting with Disney execs and was hired on the spot. Most initially thought that a Muppets movie made by those two guys might be very edgy or very odd, to say the least, but Segel claims otherwise.
He tells CHUD that their movie "is going to be incredibly old fashioned, with the familiar Muppet characters putting on a show to save an old theater (the theater from The Muppet Show?). The danger? An evil character wants to tear the place down to get at the oil underneath." Sounds pretty classic to me! Unfortunately this might not be their next movie, given Segel and Stoller also scripted a project called The Five Year Engagement, but Devin speculates that it will end up taking priority.
In an interview over at ComingSoon, Segel recalls his love for the Muppets. "I just remember being 10 years old and for me Kermit was Tom Hanks. Kermit is like the original every man and I remember watching the old Muppet with my parents and seeing Peter Sellars and people like that on. I've always had Muppet pictures and figurines all through my house. Now that I'm getting to write it, I feel like all if my dreams are coming true." Segel seems more enthusiastic than anyone about this project, saying that it will be "hilarious, fantastic, heart-wrenching, beautiful, nostalgic and remarkable."
I'm certain almost everyone is already familiar with the Muppets, but if you aren't, shame on you! As a quick refresher, Jim Henson first created the Muppets for a TV show called Sam and Friends in 1955. Since then the Muppets have gone on to appear in The Muppet Show and Sesame Street and over 7 movies. The last Muppets movie was Muppets from Space in 1999 and in 2004 the license for the Muppets was finally sold to Disney.
What are your thoughts - is this going to be something to behold, even 10 years after the last Muppets movie?