Disney Chairman Dick Cook made a big announcement at the Disney D23 Fan Convention and I haven't been the same since. Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) will provide the script, and word from our friends over at /Film is that The Muppets must reunite to save The Muppet Theater from a greedy oil tycoon who wants it for the reserves discovered in the soil beneath. The name of this moving picture? The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made. No details yet on when it will go into production, let alone when it'll be released.
Segel, who wrote (and starred in) Forgetting Sarah Marshall, also appeared in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up and got his major break starring in Apatow's 1999 TV series, Freaks And Geeks. Good luck coming up with zingers for Statler and Waldorf that can match up to the high standard of Muppet hilarity...
In an exclusive interview with Heather Newgen from Coming Soon, Segel downplayed the film, calling it:
"..hilarious, fantastic, heart-wrenching, beautiful, nostalgic and remarkable."
Counting direct-to-video and "telefilms", this is the 15th Muppet Movie. Previous Muppet flicks include: The Muppets Take Manhattan (classic), The Great Muppet Caper and The Muppet Movie. The title of this newest film, according to those at /Film, is a reference to a never-produced idea of Jim Henson's (the late great creator of The Muppets - curse your name if you don't know that!) where Gonzo blows the production budget on extravagant opening credits and the rest of the movie is shot in the parking lot with cheap backdrops used to represent different locations all over the world.
From what was reported over at CHUD back in '08 at the Forgetting Sarah Marshall Press Junket, it was explained (presumably by Segel) that The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made "is going to be incredibly old fashioned, with the familiar Muppet characters putting on a show to save an old theater."
My question is this: do you think it's time for some new faces in the Muppet crowd, or would you rather stick to the old favorites? I love the Muppets almost more than I like breathing (who doesn't?). The classic characters are just that - classic - and don't require any "rebooting," "re-imagining," or any other buzz-word for Hollyweird tampering. Period.
No word yet on when The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made will go into production or be released. We will definitely keep you posted.
BONUS: We've managed to snag the first trailer for the next Muppet Movie :-):