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Jason Segel says it's going global

03 April 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  

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The Muppets are coming back (yay!), this we know. This past weekend, we caught up with Jason Segel, who'll be co-writing the new movie, about what to expect from the glorious return. CHUD revealed earlier this week that the movie will concern the felt-based gang trying to save The Muppet Show from evil types who wish to bring about it's end, but Segel also had a few more details to share.

"It's a classic story," he says. "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. That guy's all over the place!"

Segel says that he's "about halfway through writing the script with Nick (Stoller)" and that he's already hoping to get some of his buddies into the cast.

"I'm hoping there'll be cameos from our group of people (Segel is a part of the ever-growing Judd Apatow collective, who produced his new film Forgetting Sarah Marshall)," he continues. "I think that might be what makes it work. It's not going to be raunchy like our movies though! Every time I bring it up with somebody - Mila Kunis, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen – they say, 'Oh my god, you're writing me a part'. So I don't think there'll be trouble casting. I would love to star in it myself. I think that's the plan, but right now it's just a script deal".

We really like the idea of the Muppets being spread across the globe in their later days. There are hints of Muppets Take Manhattan to it, but this sounds a lot bigger, almost the flipside to what happened in that movie. There's a lot of scope in the idea – it's easy to imagine Kermit back in his swamp; Piggy as a fading star; Fozzie as a Rupert Pupkin-esque failing comic.

Admission: We should have had this up earlier this week, but there was a whole tape problem and then stuff happened and it all got a bit...oh leave us alone.

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Posted by Mason Verger at 16:20 on 26 September 2008 | Report This Post

a self proclaimed Muppet geek, I've read numerous reviews & many of the plot points "do" seem to lead to the recent X-mas TV special with Joan Cusack. However, I was thrilled when I heard rumor that Jason Segel would take inspiration from both Rodger & Hart's "Babes in Arms" ("hey kids..lets put on a show!") and Sondheim's iconic "Follies". Personally, I would hope that the cast list would include many of the late Richard Hunt's characters that hav More

Posted by RyRan75 at 16:24 on 09 August 2008 | Report This Post

Muppet-tational :-)
Looking forward to the gang coming back, the world needs The Muppets - more now than ever. Judd Apatow is losing his way of late so please keep him in a producer role but Seth Rogen/Fozzie team up would be brilliant. Oh and please include some of the characters from Muppets Tonight too (mainly Bobo the bear security guard has he was just as great as the original gang). More

Posted by Taz69 at 18:31 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

The evil types wouldnt work for Disney would they? More

Posted by sleepwalker at 14:45 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

Superbad Muppets!
Seriously! Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen are a must! Lets make a Superbad muppets, that would be ace :D More

Posted by Darastrix at 13:53 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

Errmmmm....
Wasn't there already a movie about the Muppets where their theatre was going to be bought out by the 'evil corporation' run by the psycho (and really funny!) Joan Cussack?! It had most of the muppets already scattered. Miss Piggy was a bit older and had a phone-sex-line business going in her apartment....Kermit kind of 'died' too....I wish i was making this up!! It was really bizarre now that i think about it! It's called 'It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie' and stars David Arquette and W More

Posted by Seamie at 12:42 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

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L: CameronJames Sounds like Muppets via Justin Lee Collins trying to get on TV yet again. am henceforth making any mention of Justin Lee Collins in the same sentence as The Muppets an instant banning offence. How dare you, sir! More

Posted by Olly Richards at 12:01 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

Should be Good
But it needs Pepe the (King) Prawn and a whole ton of Beaker. Especially the latter. More

Posted by PsychoPriest at 11:50 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

Sounds like Muppets via Justin Lee Collins trying to get on TV yet again. More

Posted by CameronJames at 11:26 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

It better ...
.... have Pepe the prawn in it !!!! he was the only good thing about Muppets From Space. When he came onto Katie Holmes - classic. "you have to build a jacuzzi okaaay!" and "I am not a shrimp, I am king prawn Okaaay!!" its almost Shakespear !!!! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 11:25 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Mmm, iv heard that before in muppets...
Actually, yes, you're sort of right. I haven't seen Muppets Take Manhattan in years and had forgotten that. But, where that was a 'before they were famous' thing, this sounds like the flipside to that. I've given the story a tweak. More

Posted by Olly Richards at 11:23 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post

Mmm, iv heard that before in muppets...
Isnt that essentially what Muppets in Manhattan about? Apart from the muppet show bit. Is that the best they can come up with. More

Posted by choochoonesme at 11:12 on 03 April 2008 | Report This Post


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