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Sequel to 'The Muppets' is Moving Forward But Without Jason Segel

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March 1, 2012
Source: Vulture

Jason Segel and Muppet 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.

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  • Solo_Calrissian
    I dunno guys.  Kinda feels like Lion King 2 or Aladdin 3 or beauty and the beast 2 or [insert ANY direct-to-video Disney release]...
    • How can you say that when the original director and one of the writers are involved and a script isn't even written yet? There's no way to say the quality of the movie is already as low as those terrible sequels. Let's give them some time to get it together before we start bashing the movie.
      • franumple
        You are a toilet factory. Of words. And anger.
      • Solo_Calrissian
        I'm only going off of the House of Mouse's track record with sequels because outside of Toy Story 2, I honestly can't think of one (Pirates 2 maybe??).  I hope this doesnt turn into something that hurts the Muppet Franchise.   
      • Solo_Calrissian
        and of course Toy Story 3 (as well)   😉
      • Blurb
         I agree, Ethan. This is bound to be better without Jason Segel.
    • Zeus
      I agree with Ethan. It's absurd to judge The Muppets sequel based upon Disney's 'sequels track record' before development has even begun (even more absurd to compare it to direct-to-video releases). This is no different than judging every upcoming original in pre-development based solely upon the plethora of not-so-great originals Disney has released in the past (theatrical or direct-to-video). Ridiculous. You may as well be speculating completely at random.
      • Solo_Calrissian
        Fair enough.  Funny how a "kinda feels like" can turn into an absurd judgement against Disney.  Of course I'd be willing to give the movie chance should it get made, but in the same breath I'd hate to see the same sequel approach given to the other Disney franchises and we up having another 'Muppet Treasure Island' or 'Columbia's Muppets from space.'     
    • Lion King 2 is the best sequel Disney has ever made, so I don't know what you're talking about.
  • James Kustes
    Most misleading title ever, he will at be acting in it for sure. With his friends from his past movies involved he will at least make a cameo to explain his absence even if he were to busy to star in it.

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