'Fraggle Rock' Back to Life, Now with Joseph Gordon-Levitt Starring
by Ethan Anderton
March 19, 2015
Before becoming the big star that he is today, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a child actor, and he had roles in films geared towards younger audiences, such as Beethoven (a bit part), Angels in the Outfield, and 10 Things I Hate About You. And now he's heading back to more family friendly fare as Variety reports Gordon-Levitt will produce and star in the new film adaptation of Jim Henson's classic puppet series Fraggle Rock set up at New Regency. This is a project that has been stuck in development hell for nearly 10 years, but with someone like Gordon-Levitt attached, this could finally come together and get made.
Gordon-Levitt sounds pretty excited about the project saying:
"The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on ‘Sesame Street,’ and then on ‘Fraggle Rock.' Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood. Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved. I’m grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project."
This is vastly different from the more mature projects Gordon-Levitt has taken in his adult career, from Brick to Inception to Looper and now a biopic about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in production now, and a film about World Trade Center tightrope walker Philipppe Petit called The Walk from Robert Zemeckis arrives later this year. But Gordon-Levitt has always been interested in a variety of projects, whether it's on the big screen, or with his Hit Record website that crowdsources all kinds of video projects online, some that Gordon-Levitt gets involved with himself. So this sounds right up his alley.