‘Muppets’ Sequel Officially in the Works

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 26th, 2013 at 7:09 am,

muppets sequel Muppets Sequel Officially in the Works

It’s been a foregone conclusion that Walt Disney Pictures would eventually push ahead with a sequel to (yes, Oscar-winning) The Muppets, seeing how that film successfully re-invigorated the Jim Henson franchise at the box office, while also managing to win over most longtime Muppet fans and newcomers alike.

Reports are in that Disney has indeed secured a deal for Muppets director James Bobin and co-writer Nicholas Stoller to work on the next installment in the continuing… uh, saga of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the iconic googly-eyed felt characters (including new addition Walter). However, one vital ingredient from the first movie might be missing in the followup: co-writer/star Jason Segel.

Here’s the situation, according to Vulture: between starring on How I Met Your Mother, handling promotional duties on the upcoming The Five-Year Engagement and This Is 40, and other future writing projects, Segel is not expected to be available to collaborate with Stoller on the script for a second Muppets movie (in the near future, at least). He could still appear in the actual film, assuming his schedule eases up down the line.

Vulture‘s scoop also makes no mention as to whether or not Muppets songwriter/composer Brett McKenzie will be brought back for the followup. When Screen Rant‘s Roth Cornet interviewed the Flight of the Conchords alum, he did seem open to the idea of a Muppets sequel (while also being somewhat intimidated by the prospect).

Chances are good then that Disney heads will at least make a strong effort to bring McKenzie back, given how pivotal his original songs were to the popularity of last year’s new Muppet flick (reboot?). It’s nonetheless disappointing to hear that Segel isn’t expected to work on the sequel’s script, considering how instrumental he was in both the writing and overall creative process behind The Muppets.

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Walter and Gary (Jason Segel) in 'The Muppets'

Segel’s devotion to doing justice by Henson and his fellow original puppet performers’ work definitely showed through in The Muppets. Of course, the same can also be said for Stoller’s writing contributions, Bobin’s energetic direction, McKenzie’s toe-tapping (and award-winning) tunes, and the efforts of the new crew responsible for bringing Kermit and Co. to life.

That’s all to say: a Muppets followup without Segel still has a good deal to offer. Perhaps the sequel could even improve on the shortcomings of the original – like offering a more comically-inspired storyline than the conventional (but well-executed) “getting the old gang back together” plot Segel and Stoller came up with in their first Muppet flick.

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We will continue to keep you up-to-date on the status of Disney’s TheĀ Muppets sequel as the story develops.

Source: Vulture

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  1. It doesn’t need Segel in it because you don’t need humans to make a Muppet movie. He could still write it, but I think a sequel would be better without him. There was too much focus on the humans in The Muppets. They did their part, they got the band back together. Now let the band play.

    • What made it so good was the human aspect. It showed that humans and muppets live in the same world. It wouldn’t be the same without jason segal

    • @doubleofive – I agree. Since Segel is so busy, he could perhaps help with a re-write, but he isn’t needed to star in it. The Muppets are the stars who need to return and another human character could be involved just like in the old movies.

      @Trey – All the Muppet movies showed that humans and Muppets live in the same world and any other actor/actress could star in the sequel. I think Segel should at least cameo, he is Walter’s brother and brought life back into this franchise.

  2. Woot!

  3. MORE MUPPETS!!

  4. I think you need Segal in SOME way attached to writing. As much as I loved him in the movie, you don’t need him. I liked the human element, but you could go a different route and go on without him.

  5. I knew all that speculation about Disney being disappointed with the box-office and not wanting to go ahead with a sequel was bunk.

  6. As much as I loved the crew that made “The Muppets,” I would love to see Frank Oz take over. He wasn’t happy with the script of this last film and there was talk of him working on his own Muppet movie script. I would love to see that!

  7. YAY! ‘The Muppets’ was great!

  8. Sad to hear about Segal…
    I really hope they get him to at least write the movie or something. I agree that you don’t “need him” for the movie, but it sure as hell was better with him in it.
    Look forward to hearing more about the project.

  9. Agreed, Segal should help write at least. Maybe a phone call cameo with Walter put in there, perhaps Gary and Mary could be on their honeymoon and he calls Walter to see how he’s doing. Thusly not forcing him to do the whole movie. But he’s what helped make that movie great for me.