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Fraggle Rock Movie Gets Screenwriters (Hollywood Reporter)

Discussion in 'Fraggle Rock' started by charlietheowl, May 30, 2012.

  1. Tbird29

    Tbird29 Member

    Wow! Im so outta my league here! LOL. All this talk of directors and movie teams...all I know is what i saw on tv as a kid and what re-runs are on tv for my kids to watch! I hope they do make a movie though!:busy:
  2. SesameFever

    SesameFever Well-Known Member

    I read a year or so ago that the movie was gonna be about The Fraggles leaving Fraggle Rock and going into Outer Space with Uncle Traveling Matt. I like this idea. What do you guys think of it?????
  3. Redsonga

    Redsonga Well-Known Member

    I've had a few years to think and I've come to the mind I'd rather have a movie of any Fraggle sort to bring attention back to Fraggle Rock (and buying copies of the classic series on DVD) than none at all for fear of it not being 'perfect':dreamy: .
  4. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    so im guessing they lost focus for this movie again. unless on the fraggle's 30th they release a 30 min special for the occasion but i doubt that would happen with all of the preformers in london for TM...A
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    This movie's never going to happen because only Henson wants to see it get made. I think Legacy or whoever bought the rights to the film bought the rights to it to sit on it. That does happen. Studios who buy up rights just to sit on them.

    Look at how sad their DTV release of Sid the Science Kid the Movie was.
  6. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    yeah i was thinking that but i wish they would make some like 30th primetime special but i doubt thats gonna happen
  7. lazesummestone

    lazesummestone Well-Known Member

    I really feel like Henson is trying so hard to get the Fraggle franchise started again- but this movie is really difficult! When will the stars be aligned!?
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    As much as I am for closing/locking this thread until we get further updates...

    Henson totally wants Fraggle Rock to be their standout franchise. You can't blame them. After the EMTV sale and eventual sale back to Disney, FR is the only original Muppet property that Henson owns. Disney has the Muppets, Sesame Workshop has the Muppets from their show. The problem is the first studio completely screwed Henson over, and this studio hasn't revealed anything else either. The Muppets was a modest success. It made back double the cost, and was the second highest grossing Muppet film. That should have been a sign, but it wasn't. There's going to be a Doozer preschool series, just not in the US for some reason. So, the next best thing is merchandising.

    We all hope something is going on with this film. We haven't heard anything for an additional year or two since the announcement the project changed hands.
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  9. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    They initially put the cart before the horse by releasing too much information to the press. I'm okay with the silence now. Henson is obviously trying to launch the Fraggle brand. They've had two T-shirt contests, there's more merchandise, the Fraggles are making public appearances, they're popping up on the Hub and that Doozer program is finally going to be a reality. All of this lays the groundwork for a Fraggle Movie. We'll just have to be patient. It could shoot this year. It could take five years to get things together. The Fraggles aren't getting any older. The people who play them are and that's a concern. And I'm sure that Henson would want to keep the original crew together.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    While I would hate to see something rushed, they really need to strike while the iron is hot. Henson is trying to reestablish the brand so a movie makes financial sense. Unfortunately, movies make the brand now. Too many of these studios put too much on the performance of a movie, and you wind up with either the film failing and the franchise disappearing on sliding scales of a few years to forever. Or the movie becomes too popular and that's all anyone wants, especially the retailers. I mean, look at Transformers. Both Animated and Prime got screwed by stores wanting more movie merchandise that doesn't really sell as well as they think. That sort of thing actually killed the TMNT 2k3 series... killed the franchise until Nick bought it up, making us wait years for a comeback.

    Now, two things could go down. We could have the Fraggle Movie bomb, and have Henson running back to CGI kid's programming, or the film could be a real success... but if they change anything, that's all we'll get.

    So I get why they're being careful about this, but if they hold out any longer, they'll lose those nostalgic parents with kids young enough to want to see Fraggles. That's their key audience right there.
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  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Can we please close this thread until we get any updates?
  12. Rugratskid

    Rugratskid Well-Known Member

    The question is, WILL we get anymore? This movie has been in the works for a couple of years now.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Unless this is the very quiet stage where they're writing and rewriting the script, I don't think we're going to hear anything from this is some time. Until then, the conversation is cyclical with no real developments. And it'd quite frustrating to see a thread updated with "Is there any news yet?"
  14. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    As far as closing this thread, you'd have to contact the forum administration about that, as I'm unable to effectively do so myself. And yes, I agree this thread needs to be closed to stop all the useless spam-type posts that keep getting posted as there's no real conversation happening on this topic at the present.
  15. lazesummestone

    lazesummestone Well-Known Member

    OK OK OK!!! I know this topic keeps getting dredged up and stuff, sometimes by myself. (I'm sorry). But more confirmation popped up today!

    In >>> this interview <<< with Variety, they list projects ongoing and in development. This little tidbit included:
    "a “Fraggle Rock” movie in development at New Regency with Ivan Reitman producing;"

    So is this proper confirmation of something happening!?
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  16. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    Ivan Reitman is the first name I'm excited to hear attached to this film.
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  17. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    Interesting that someone's name is finally attached to the film after all this time. Ivan Reitman certainly has a decorated career as producer and director, so it will be interesting to see if anything comes of this.
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I really hope this means it's happening, but something's going to come and drop a bucket of ice water on us again, I just know it. Having a name attached to produce does not a finished project make.

    Don't get me wrong. If this does indeed happen, I'll be jumping for joy and planning the day I'll see the movie. I WANT this film. That's why I'm not getting my hopes up. Lucy can only pull the football away so many times.
  19. lazesummestone

    lazesummestone Well-Known Member

    I 100% understand that sentiment and have had my hopes dashed... but Hendson linked to the article on their facebook and like 80% of the replies weren't about Scifi-channel Henson Creatureshop show- but instead about how cool a fraggle rock movie would be. So it's got momentum among people I think.
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  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The film is certainly gaining some traction if they have a producer attached, and something tells me how Muppets Most Wanted does will be a key factor. Fraggle Rock deserves a movie (even Sesame Street got 2), and the sooner they can get people that remember the show in with their kids, the better.

    But it really seems that as far as most Henson projects go, they get that much closer and then things completely vaporize from there. Happy Time Murders should have happened by now. It had the makings of a cult, sleeper hit, but it never got the funding or traction beyond Katherine Heigle was attached. Power of the Dark Crystal kept coming so close, and then just kept getting abandoned. Hopefully Fraggles will break through that barrier, but it's going to take a miracle to get there.

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