The Weinstein Company Officially Making a Fraggle Rock Movie
Although it was first rumored way back in late 2006, the Fraggle Rock movie hasn't actually gone anywhere until now. Announced today, The Weinstein Company is officially turning the Jim Henson series into a live-action musical feature film. Hoodwinked! director Cory Edwards has been hired to direct and write the script, with The Jim Henson Company itself producing. I don't know why Hollywood feels like this is the right time to restart the Jim Henson puppet craze, but we've already got a Muppets movie in the works and now this. Just like the series, the film with feature both human characters and Fraggle Rock puppets, including Gogo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red. No real details on the exact story have been released, but do we really need anything besides a quick description for Fraggle Rock?
The Fraggle Rock TV series first premiered on HBO in 1983 and went on for 5 seasons and 96 episodes. Although I've never actually seen the show myself (I know, I know), the Fraggle Rock world was actually an allegorical world created by Jim Henson to "entertain and amuse while seriously exploring complex issues of prejudice, spirituality, personal identity, environment, and social conflict." Wow. You can read more on the whole series over at Wikipedia as always. This feature film seems to be a direct adaptation of the original series, without too many changes to the concept. And it seems The Weinstein Company just wants to "feature a broad range of family-friendly franchises," which is why they took particular interest in this.
Can someone please explain why 2009 is the year when Jim Henson's creations are all returning to the big screen? I understand that the puppets in Forgetting Sarah Marshall were well received even though they haven't been featured in any medium since 1999, but does that mean they'll still be successful in their return? So please tell me - if you were a fan of Fraggle Rock back in the 80's, are you actually going to take an interest in this movie? Can weird puppets still captivate audiences even twenty years later? I'm not actually opposed to this Fraggle Rock movie at all, I'm just intrigued by the idea of bringing back a dead franchise when I don't feel like it will really resonate in today's day and age. I might be wrong and I'll be the first to say that I'm anxious to see how this comes together anyway.