The Weinsteins want an ‘Edgy’ ‘Fraggle Rock’ Movie

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

fraggle rock cast The Weinsteins want an Edgy Fraggle Rock Movie

If you’re anything like me, the only thing that bothered you about the old Fraggle Rock television show was that it wasn’t gritty enough. When they announced that a movie was in the works I hoped and prayed that they’d go The Dark Knight route and really ground the Fraggles in reality.

Of course I’m being sarcastic, but unfortunately the Weinstein Brothers are not. They’re searching for a new screenwriter for Fraggle Rock because the last draft wasn’t “edgy enough.”  It’s the latest (and possibly most extreme) example of Hollywood’s recent obsession with that term in a post-Dark Knight world.

The offending draft of Fraggle Rock was written by Corey Edwards (Hoodwinked!) who is also still attached to direct . He recently took to his blog, Corey’s Curiosities, to vent his frustration over the situation. First he addresses the dubious manner in which the Weinsteins began their search for a new writer:

“I’m a big boy — I can take the blow if my skills are not up to the high, high standards of the Weinstein Company (he said with too much sarcasm in his voice). But this is happening behind my back, without consulting me or even asking my opinion. I enjoy working with other writers and have no doubt that the RIGHT person could help make any script better. But to not even ask me? Adding insult to injury, the search is basically an open assignment. This means the net has been cast wide, virtually posting in the “classifieds” of the movie business. The Fraggles do not deserve such treatment.”

He goes on to lambaste their notes on his script:

“’EDGY.’ That’s the note. That’s what they are trying to do to the Fraggle Rock movie. EDGE it up! Let me say right now that ‘edgy’ is one of my least favorite words. Since my earliest days in the client video business, ‘edgy’ has been a sign of someone who doesn’t know what they want. Not only is ‘edgy’ a nebulous, abstract word that means something different to everyone, but it chases the immediate whims of pop culture. WHAT is edgy?? Faster edits? Rock music for the score? Boober wearing some gangsta bling? I have no idea. What I DO know is that the word ‘edgy’ should not be anywhere near this movie.”

Bob & Harvey Weinstein

While the Weinstein’s have no doubt made an already awkward situation even worse, part of me wonders if this guy is still going to have a job when the brothers catch wind of his comments (your guys reading this?). Hopefully they can sort this out because regardless of how you feel about a Fraggle Rock movie, comments like this show that Edwards definitely has his heart in the right place:

“I have said repeatedly that I will do my very best to make this Fraggle movie relevant and modern, to compete with everything else out there. But what I will NOT do is sabotage what made the property beloved in the first place.”

The Fraggle Rock movie, which finds the Fraggles leaving their subterranean dwelling and venturing out into our world, was supposed to hit theaters sometime in 2011 but currently has no set release date.

What do you think about this development? Just for fun, how would you make the Fraggle Rock movie “edgier?”

Source: Cory’s Curiosities via /Film.

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  1. Man, I’m tired of movies where strange woodland goblin things leave the woods to come to the city. That concept alone is bad enough without trying to make it edgy. How do you make Fraggle Rock edgy? Will they start a punk band, with one of them developing a heroin addiction and killing his girlfriend in a drug-induced haze? Come on now. Just let weird little fantasy goblin things be weird little fantasy goblin things without forcing them to be relevant and modern.

    • Yeah, I hate the premise. The best part of that show was the secret world the Fraggles lived in with the Doozers and Gorgs and oh my God why do I still know this stuff?

      The parts with Uncle Traveling Matt out in our world were always the most boring.

  2. edgier fraggle rock? hmmmm…wasnt that tried by peter jackson, kinda LOL…Meet the Feebles lol

  3. I loved the show as a kid but I had no intention of seeing the movie two months ago and I still don’t adults should not be very upset about this.

    Can’t wait to see Barney goes to prison set to be released in 2012 that year gets bigger and bigger.

  4. Finally! I was hoping they’d go in this direction! I’m hoping this one gets an R-rating! I’m thinking we need gore, gore, and lots and lots of sex! That’s what the Fraggles were always missing.

    • twisted, check out peter jacksons meet the feebles, its not fraggle rock, but its the closet thing to muppets with all the above attributes you mentioned lol

  5. When will people learn to stop interpreting words like “edgy” or “dark” so literally (or extremely)? To me, ‘The Muppet Show’ was edgy for its day. It’s full of subversive humour and – given that old school Jim Henson fans are almost all adults, why NOT make it a little edgy? The mistake is in thinking these words mean something they more than likely do not.

    • the best parts of the muppet show was statler and waldorf, and animal of course lol

  6. Edgy does not belong in Fraggle Rock. It should remain the intelligent, funny, well written and imaginative show it always was.