For the past few years, the public has been demanding more Muppets. The Muppets stand out as amazing icons in the realm of awesomeness, as their work is enjoyable to kids and adults, alike. Thus, with retro things are all the rage right now, and reliving your childhood couldn’t be more fun (have you seen this site?), the Muppets now have a better chance than ever at taking over (Muppetize?) the entire planet. In steps Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller with exactly that intention, co-writing the next upcoming Muppet film. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzy, etc. Jim Henson’s cast of funny and lovable creatures can’t wait to run rampant again.
Segel recently sat with First Showing to drop a few clues about the upcoming flick, promising “it’s going to be incredibly old-fashioned, with the familiar Muppet characters putting on a show to save an old theater. The danger? An evil character wants to tear the place down to get at the oil underneath. I just remember being 10 years old and for me Kermit was Tom Hanks. Kermit is like the original Everyman and I remember watching the old Muppets with my parents and seeing Peter Sellers and people like that on. I’ve always had Muppet pictures and figurines all through my house. Now that I’m getting to write it, I feel like all of my dreams are coming true.”
Whether the title ends up being The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made, The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time, or simply The Muppets, we don’t care. Disney has the film set for theaters in about a year, with a tentative launch of December 2011. Special guests (human actors) include: Jason Segel, Ben Stiller, George Clooney, Zack Galifianakis, and others.
Waldorf: HUH. Would you believe Statler! They’re heroes! Now they’re going to be obnoxious.
Statler: So, what else is new?
Both: ha ha hoo hoo oh oh