We suppose we should have seen this coming after the successful return of Kermit and company to the big screen in The Muppets. But today's news is that Big Bird and the various other Muppets of the Sesame Street universe are now in the progress of making the move to movies, courtesy of Real Steel’s Shawn Levy and 20th Century Fox.
Levy, wearing his producer’s hat and working via his Fox-based company 21 Laps, is putting the gears in motion to build a new film based on Sesame Street and its various characters.
While the long-running educational series (it first aired across the pond in 1969!) doesn’t seem like a natural jumping off point for a film, it has actually led to two outings already through 1985’s Follow That Bird and 1999’s The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland.
Veteran Street writer Joe Mazzarino has the job of figuring out which elements will spur the new script. We’re betting that Elmo will still feature heavily (especially given the love shown Being Elmo, the documentary about his puppeteer, Kevin Clash), though we’d honestly line up for a Super Grover film before we sat down to see Man Of Steel…