Jason Segel to Lead the Muppets

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

I suppose this makes it official instead of just ‘something we’ve all known for two years’, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jason Segel of I Love You Man fame will be the human protagonist who reunites the gang in the next Muppet movie. He’s also producing it, along with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (The Proposal).

This isn’t completely unexpected, since he’s been writing the script with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller for some time. The only hat it seems Jason won’t be wearing is that of director, as the helm has been given over to Flight of the Conchords co-creator James Bobin.

While no new plot or story elements were released along with this news, it seems safe to say that the film is on the same track it’s been headed on since its inception. In April of 2008, Empire got a rundown from Segel on the nature of the plot, as well as the chance for traditional Muppet movie cameos. In the course of discussing which members of the Judd Apatow school of comedy had expressed interest in participating in the film, Segal said “I would love to star in it myself. I think that’s the plan, but right now it’s just a script deal”.

And Jason thought right! Truly, after his tender and heartfelt performance alongside a felt and foam Dracula in the puppet musical finale of Forgetting Sarah Marshall (spoiler?), this could be naught but destiny.

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For anyone who’s forgotten, or maybe missed it the first time around, the loose plot as described by Segel is:

“It’s a classic story. It’s the Muppets needing to get back together to save the show…It’s going to take place all over the world. Basically, the Muppets are no longer together. So that might take a while to film. I guess they’ve set the precedent in that last movie (Muppets From Space) that Gonzo is, in fact, an alien, so he could well end up in space.”

Screen Rant‘s own Paul Young did have a chance to speak with Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink this past weekend though, and the subject of the Muppet’s next cinematic adventure did come up. Pink related that the script is probably the best Muppet script that’s been put forth in the past twenty years, and strongly features many of the comedic techniques that have given the Muppets so much of their distinctive charm (other than the being-constructed-out-of-cloth, worn-on-a-human-hand aspect, which is a given). Lots of breaking the fourth wall and lots of baldly stated plot-devices- always with a wink to the camera.

Is the world ready for a return by the Muppets to the big screen? Perhaps, perhaps not. Only time will tell for sure. With Bobin directing and Segel, devoted to the material as he is, so entrenched in the different aspects of production, it’s possible the next Muppet movie could be the big come-back they deserve.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Empire via Cinematical

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  1. I can't wait. The muppets back on the big screen!

  2. This seems odd to me. Isn't the Muppets like for kids? I don't really know anything about them but I was always under the impression they were younger kids movies. Which makes it interesting that Apatow's regulars want to sign up.

  3. Not really! The Muppets in their original incarnation, as cast members of The Muppet Show, were child-friendly in that the humor wasn't especially bawdy, but was largely absurdist and slapstick. Then you had muppet babies, and the muppet movies were well aimed at children, but The Muppet Show was pretty cross-generational.

  4. As long as Pepe the Prawn is in there, I'll be a happy girl.

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  7. Yerdy verdy!

  8. All good news, I loved the puppet bit at the end of Forgetting Sarah Marashall, so this seems like a good fit for him.

    And I love Jason Segal.

  9. Yeah, the Muppet show had that nice blend of humour that was appropriate for kids, but still quite funny for adults.

    Plus, there's no rule saying that the Apatow crowd aren't allowed to do kids films.

  10. Thats would be a complete different look of him in this but i actually don't think people would like this. Already his 10 of the movies are not that hit so audience dint appreciate him so much and even now he has come up with some weird idea of Muppet so i don't really think he would be liked.

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  11. Not really! The Muppets in their original incarnation, as cast members of The Muppet Show, were child-friendly in that the humor wasn't especially bawdy, but was largely absurdist and slapstick. Then you had muppet babies, and the muppet movies were well aimed at children, but The Muppet Show was pretty cross-generational.

  12. As long as Pepe the Prawn is in there, I'll be a happy girl.

  13. BORK BORK BORK!

  14. Kevin Smith had an interesting take on a scenario involving the Swedish Chef once…

  15. All good news, I loved the puppet bit at the end of Forgetting Sarah Marashall, so this seems like a good fit for him.

    And I love Jason Segal.

  16. Yeah, the Muppet show had that nice blend of humour that was appropriate for kids, but still quite funny for adults.

    Plus, there's no rule saying that the Apatow crowd aren't allowed to do kids films.

  17. Thats would be a complete different look of him in this but i actually don't think people would like this. Already his 10 of the movies are not that hit so audience dint appreciate him so much and even now he has come up with some weird idea of Muppet so i don't really think he would be liked.

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  18. Did he rehearse this role in forgetting sarah marshal?

  19. I’ve read a lot about Henson. He’s more brilliant than you think and his creation of the Muppets was meant for adult, with the humor and puns, but was also kid friendly because he wanted everyone to enjoy his work. I think Segel’s version may be more for adults, and won’t be Henson’s work for sure, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be good. It will just be a different side to the Muppets. I think he could be just as creative as Henson, he just has to have the love for puppets and put forth the effort. As long as you are a true Muppet lover and appreciate that some one wants to try and carry on Henson’s work, you’ll enjoy it no matter how it turns out.

    Like Henson once said “The most sophisticated people I know, inside they are all children.”

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