Sequel to 'The Muppets' is Moving Forward But Without Jason Segel
After the success of The Muppets last year, it's no surprise that Disney is already commissioning a sequel. However, while a deal has just been finalized with the film's director James Bobin and co-writer Nicholas Stoller, it appears that Jason Segel will not be involved on the writing side of things this time. Vulture has learned that Segel's schedule with "How I Met Your Mother" along with other writing obligations and his promotional work for the forthcoming releases of The Five-Year Engagement and This is Forty means that he won't have time to work on scripting the sequel this time around. That's really disappointing news.
Of course, that doesn't mean he won't have input on the script, he just won't be working full time to write it with Stoller and Bobin. I'm hoping that the sequel's musical portions won't suffer from his loss, but as long as Bret McKenzie comes back, fresh off his Oscar win for Man or Muppet, the music should be in good hands. But what does this mean for Segel starring in the film? Well since we don't have a script yet, there's no telling whether or not the film would even focus on his character again, but Disney insiders say that there's still a chance that he will star in the film, even if he's not writing it. We'll just have to be manly Muppets (or a Muppet of a man) and accept however his involvement comes together.