Weinstein Company's 'Fraggle Rock' Movie Currently in 'Deep Coma'
Almost two years ago we heard that The Weinstein Company was working on Fraggle Rock, a feature film adaptation of the Jim Henson puppet series. Then after being in development for two years, some news came out of the woodwork that the script needed to be taken in a new direction. Now we have word from Hoodwinked director Corey Edwards that the film is completely stalled in a "deep coma." Edwards previously said, "The studio thought they knew what they wanted, encouraged me in a certain direction for two years, and now they want something different," So I guess it isn't all that surprising that nothing has happened for awhile.
"Many, many, many of you have repeatedly asked for some kind of update on the 'Fraggle Rock' movie. The truth is, I got nothin’. There’s nothing to report except that The Weinstein Company has everything they need to move forward, and the ball is in their court. They’ve talked about getting a new writer, which I’m willing to do. They’ve talked about starting over from scratch, which I’m willing to do. But I have not heard a peep from their camp in almost a year.
I completely sympathize with all of you that are waiting for a movie, but let’s all remember that the next best thing to making a Fraggle movie is avoiding making a BAD ONE. So at least we’re doing that. Until something new happens to awaken the project from its deep coma, we can at least enjoy the untainted TV series on DVD and The Hub Network. As for me, I’m already working on new things. I hope you’ll stick around and check in here. I’ll be announcing my next project very, very soon."
Perhaps The Weinstein Company is waiting to see how The Muppets fares at the box office when it hits theaters this November. Though Fraggle Rock has the advantage of coming from well-established intellectual property, it's been awhile since a successful, feature length film with puppets from decades past has worked out very well. Either way, with The Weinstein Company not even talking to Edwards about the project, and the director moving on to something new, it sounds like it will be awhile before we see this project come together. Disappointed?