New Story Details on The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time
A few weeks ago it was confirmed that Flight of the Conchords co-creator James Bobin would be directing the Jason Segel-written Muppets (revival) movie for Disney. Originally we heard that the title was supposed to be The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made!, but now according to a script review up on The Playlist, the title will now be The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time. Seems like they're really going all out on this one, almost like this is going to be the last Muppets movie we ever see. To save everyone from learning too much about the story, I've pulled out the most important parts below, so it's a only a simple plot synopsis.
Here's their spoiler-free explanation of what The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time is (supposedly) about.
"[It's] about Gary, Mary, and Walter (a man, his girlfriend, and the man's life-long nondescript, brown puppet best friend) getting the old Muppet gang — now retired entertainers known for the same Muppet show we know them from — together to save the TV studio that the original show was shot in. A villain, Tex Richman, bent on drilling for oil underneath the studio, is due to take over the studio in weeks and the only way to stop him? Putting on a show that draws ten million viewers."
From that "synopsis" it sounds like it's almost going to be self-referential. The reviewer goes on to say that "it's a solid attempt at recapturing what made 'The Muppet Show' and the first two Muppet movies so great, but The Great Muppet Movie of All Time is no Great Muppet Caper… Stoller and Segel have fun with the characters, are aware of what made the Muppet early years so great (winks to the audience, friendly musical numbers), and hit the mark 65% of the time." That's it, only 65%? I'm not the biggest Muppets fan so I can't say I'm excited yet, but it does sound like a fun story. I have enough faith in Nick Stoller and Jason Segel to make this an awesome movie no matter what people say about their script. Sound good?