Jason Segel Not Returning for ‘Muppets’ Sequel

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If you were one of the people who enjoyed Disney’s resuscitation of The Muppet movie franchise, then you owe a bit of thanks to How I Met Your Mother actor Jason Segel, who co-wrote The Muppets script, starred in the film, and was generally the driving force behind Jim Henson’s puppet characters getting back on the silver screen.

Since The Muppets was a financial success ($150 million worldwide on a $45 million budget) it’s no surprise that Disney would greenlight a sequel film, but what IS surprising is the news that Jason Segel won’t be involved in it, either in front of or behind the camera.

Our good friend Steve “Frosty” Weintraub over at Collider asked Segel point-blank whether rumors of him being out of the Muppet movie franchise were true, to which Segel responded:

“It’s true but it’s totally amicable. My goal was to bring The Muppets back and I did that leaving them in very good hands, my writing partner and James Bobin the director. I did what I set out to do, and now I wanna pursue more human-related projects (laughs).”

“All I wanted to do was to set the stage for them to do whatever they wanted. I’m sure I’ll return in some capacity here and there, but that was half a decade of my life. Five years of hard work. I’m ready for a little puppet break.”

As Collider points out, The Muppets wasn’t so much about Segel’s character, Gary, as it was about Walter, the humanoid puppet who became the newest member of the Muppet gang. Therefore, any new Muppet movies are free to move ahead without Gary (whose storyline is pretty much complete) and instead focus on Walter and his adventures with The Muppets.

From the quote above, it’s also clear that Segel is Muppetted out at this point; pretty much the same sentiment South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone had after working on Team America: World Police. It would seem the fantasies of puppet play are a lot sweeter than the realities (where movies are concerned, at least).

Finally, as far as general audiences are concerned, this is far from upsetting news. Most people (read: kids) just show up to see the Muppets – we humans are a distant second.

Source: Collider

TAGS: the muppets, The Muppets 2

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  1. I’m out it doesn’t even seem like he is going to write it, if he has no part of it I’m out.

    • Hey did a good job bringing the story back this generation of kids. Most kids will go see it without him involved in it. Hopefully the story of them moving on is the same and we dont go back to Muppets in Space 2. Im in my late 30′s grew up on the muppets. Was nice to see them back on the big screen, im sure my 2 girls will want to go see them again. So Trey, stop saying you wont go see them if he Segal isnt involved. Your in the minority on this 1. Maybe Frank Oz and some of the original guys can come back and do the voices this time around.

      • I don’t have little kids I’m not saying the movie won’t be successful. I have an opinion that I am aloud to give and my opinion is if segal doesn’t have anything to do with it I don’t want to see it. Even if I am the minority its my opinion and you have no right to criticize me for it.

        • I’m 21, the only Muppets in my childhood was “Muppet Babies”, “Muppet Treasure Island” and “Muppets in Space”. So i’m not the target for the movies either.

          But i loved the new one. I am a reborn muppet fan. I have now see most of the original tv show and the older movies. I’ve been into Jason Segel since HIMYM started (got into “Freaks and Geeks” around the same time”). And even though his contribution was big in the new movie, it wasnt a one man show. There are other people who worked hard to make the movie appealing to all sorts of demographics.

          I dont have kids, but i will be first in line when the sequel hits. and i hope to share these movies along with the older muppets when i eventually do have kids.

          (fyi, I’ve always loved Muppet Treasure Island, didnt wanna leave that loped in with the other 90s crap muppets did)

          • And I understand that I am not a muppet fan I am a jason segal fan that is why I made my opinion.

  2. I hope he at least makes a substantial cameo in the next movie.

    It is dissapointing, but i’m not totally against a sequel. The other writer and the director are both returning. Hopefully more songs by Bret McKenzie. And just more Muppet Magic.

    cheers

  3. I’m just fine with this news, but would ask one thing of Segal before he completely moves on, give us a nice little cameo phone conversation with Walter. That’s all I’m asking.

    • all he’s ruled out so far is writing and starring. He can film an entire scene for the movie’s opening. That only takes a week of time. He can do that, which is what i’m expecting.

  4. I absolutely ADORED The Muppets, it was one of my favorite movies last year. I am TOTALLY on board with a sequel, even if Jason isn’t in it.

  5. If he doesn’t have a cameo, I’ll be disappointed.

    This was the second best Muppet movie after a Muppets Christmas CDarol

    • Disagree, Christmas Carol, Treasure Island and From Space were (in my opinion) much more fun. Walter was the man and could have carried this movie on his own little sholders. Jason Segal may as well not even have been there, Amy Adams was fantastic and the Muppets (especially Animal) were class as usual but the writing was wayward and Segal was not great, did the bad guy win? What happened to the £100k they raised? I know its a muppet movie but kids are not dumb these days!

      Would love to see a sequal as I am 34 and the Muppets are still brilliant in my opinion.

  6. 1. The Muppet Movie (1979)
    2. The Muppets (2011)
    3. Muppet Treasure Island
    4. Muppets Take Manhatten
    5. The Great Muppet Caper
    6. Muppet Christmas Carol
    7. Muppets from Space

    in my opinion

    • Really, you put the universally loved A Muppets Christmas Carol at No.6??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

      All of those question marks were intentional.

  7. I tried to watch Muppets Take Manhatten a couple months ago and that was one of the worse… oh wait,that was Jason Takes Manhatten,nevermind my bad:)

  8. Could care less if Segel is involved (and I generally like his work). Please just spare us from another overdose of singing from human characters. I felt like the last one was a Jason Segel/Amy Adams movie with the Muppets as costars (as opposed to the other way around, which is how a MUPPET movie should be). I found most all of the human centered musical pieces as just horribly cheesy.

    BTW: I grew up on the Muppets and was heartbroken as a child the day I found out that Henson died

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