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Muppet Sequel: Muppets Again

14 months to go!

By Robert T. Trate     January 30, 2013
Source: Walt Disney

With the success of the relaunch of The Muppets, you knew a sequel wasn’t that far off. In fact it is only about 14 months away. The production of the sequel has already begun, in London. Here is the official press release from Walt Disney:

 

BURBANK, Calif. (January 30, 2013) The filmmaking team behind 2011’s celebrated film “The Muppets” reunites as Disney’s “The Muppets … Again!” kicked off production last week in London. The all-new global Muppets adventure welcomes Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey to the mayhem, along with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Walter and rest of the Muppets. The film is directed by James Bobin (“Flight of the Conchords,” “Da Ali G Show”), who was just nominated for a BAFTA for “The Muppets” (Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer), and produced by the Academy Award®-nominated team of David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (“The Fighter,” “The Proposal”). With a screenplay by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller (“The Five-Year Engagement”), who is also executive producer with John Scotti, “The Muppets … Again!” will feature music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie (“Flight of the Conchords”), who won an Oscar® for best original song for “The Muppets” (“Man or Muppet”). The new film will hit the big screen March 21, 2014.

“It’s great to be back working with the Muppets,” said Bobin, “some of them even remember my name occasionally now. As for the movie, it’s a tip of the hat to the old-school crime capers of the ’60s, but featuring a frog, a pig, a bear and a dog—no panthers, even pink ones—along with the usual Muppet-y mix of mayhem, music and laughs.”

Disney’s “The Muppets …Again!” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais, creator of “Derek” and the Golden Globe®- and Emmy®-winning series “The Office” and “Extras.” The film stars Golden Globe-, Emmy- and SAG Award®-winning actress and writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” “Mean Girls,” “Date Night”) as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”) as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.

Said Kermit the Frog, “This movie takes us places we’ve never been before. And trust me—this frog has never seen so much international flavor. I think audiences will eat it up—the entertainment, that is.”

Featuring a slew of surprising celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets … Again!” will shoot on location in London and in Hollywood, as well as in the famed Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, just outside of London.

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Dazzler 1/31/2013 3:43:29 AM

14 months?  What are they cgi?

StarlightGuard 1/31/2013 6:02:26 AM

God I hope this one is better than the last one. The new songs were crap (Me Party? Really?) and it played too much like a 50's sitcom. Definitely lacking Jim Henson's brand of madness.

RobertTrate 1/31/2013 7:40:52 AM

 Really StarlightGuard? The songs were great... the only thing I didn't like were the announcement of Stars (saying high to them by name) and the lack their of of stars. Like every survivng person on the muppet show wouldn't show up to help!

redhairs99 1/31/2013 7:46:50 AM

 I thoroughly enjoyed the new movie...first Muppet Movie since the Christmas Carol one that I liked.

Cheesy and corny, yes, but that was by design.  I'm looking forward to this new one.  Let's just hope they can get better star cameo's than Selena Gomez.

7thGuest 1/31/2013 8:36:11 AM

Looking forward to this movie since I liked the last one, but I agree with Dazzler, 14 months!?! Do they have to negotiate with Miss Piggy over pay or something?

StarlightGuard 1/31/2013 9:32:51 AM

The original songs are still great. I find myself singing "The Rainbow Connection" at times when I'm just walking about or messing with my flowers, but I really didn't enjoy the new stuff. The whistling bit was nice, I will admit.

I'm not going to say I could do better, but I don't think it lived up to Henson's Muppets.

Higgy 1/31/2013 10:58:19 AM

I liked the new movie.  But I agree that the music and jokes just aren't up to the same par as the original.  But you gotta remember that Jim was part of the 60's and it really influences his story telling and songs.  The Muppet Movie had a lot of 60's theme to it and that laid back country road quality.  The Rainbow Connection song was a very Kumbaya good feelings type of song.  I don't think you'll see that kind of film making again.

 

lazarus 1/31/2013 12:53:00 PM

New Muppet movie will be based on the Twilight theme and involve Muppet on Human sex.

SarcasticCaveman 1/31/2013 5:48:55 PM

 I just got done watching The Muppets again on demand, and I don't get all the hate for the new songs.  I thought they were great.  Gonna try singing "Pictures in my Head" at karaoke tonight, actually.  And if there was a lack of jokes, I thought the level of basic absurdity more than made up for it.  I kind of wish there were more celebrity cameos, but come on...they had MICKEY ROONEY in that mofo...and I always enjoy seeing Zach Galifianakis and NPH show up.  It may not have been perfect, but it was the first Muppet movie since "The Muppets Take Manhattan" to entertain me enough where I was able to forget that Kermit still doesn't sound quite right.

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