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James Bobin & Bret McKenzie Plan Fantasy Musical Like 'Labyrinth'

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August 12, 2013
Source: Collider

Bret McKenzie and James Bobin

Following his work on the hilarious HBO comedy series "Flight of the Conchords," musician and comedian Bret McKenzie took his talents to The Muppets to write original songs for the film from director James Bobin, and that gig landed him an Oscar for Best Original Song. Now he's working on new songs for Muppets Most Wanted, but that's not the only project that will reteam him with Bobin. Speaking with Collider, McKenzie revealed that he's working on a new fairytale fantasy musical similar to Labyrinth, with inspirations drawn from The Muppets and The Princess Bride. That's all we need to be excited already.

McKenzie didn't dish too many details, but here's what he says:

“I’m in the middle of a script for a kind of—it hasn’t got a name yet but it’s a fairy tale comedy musical, sort of akin to 'Labyrinth' or something like that.  I’m developing and that script’s halfway through. James Bobin’s helping me.  I’m the official writer but we’re developing it. I want to make a comedy musical with singing dragons and monsters and stuff.  [It’s] live-action, so it would be a mixture of 'The Muppets' and 'The Princess Bride.'

No title yet but it’s definitely my favorite thing I’m working on at the moment.  It’s early, though, it’s early.  It’s still developing.”

So it will likely be awhile before we get any solid details on the project, but just the idea sounds like great fun. Bobin and McKenzie were very integral in making the return of The Muppets more than just nostalgia for nostalgia's sake, and along with co-writer and star Jason Segel, they brought the heart of Jim Henson's creations back to the spotlight. Hearing that they're working on something akin to Labyrinth, the kind of movie that really doesn't get made anymore in the world of computer animation, is quite the exciting prospect, and we'll be sure to keep our ears to the ground for more information.

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