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New Muppet movie in development for potential 2013 release

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Phillip, Apr 13, 2012.

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  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Here's the latest news on the next Muppet movie...

    Writer Nick Stoller has officially confirmed:
    • The Muppet Sequel is going to be a comedy caper.
    • Disney really wants the sequel and they want it as soon as possible. Stoller says Disney wants to release it summer 2013 but he doesn’t think that’s realistic.
    • Jason Segel might cameo.
    • The sequel will introduce new Muppets.
    • Bobin and Stoller started writing the script yesterday. They wrote 13 pages after outlining the entire movie over the past few weeks.
    Read more at Collider.com.
    SunnyDay, basicallygood, mo and 8 others like this.
  2. Hayley B

    Hayley B Active Member

    Awesome! Hope it has alot of Animal as always. Having Jack Black again would be great too. :)
  3. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    :D That's all I have to say about that.
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  4. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    Yay for another Muppet film! But, Summer 2013? That sounds like a bit of a rush job. I'd rather they take their time and do it right rather than rush a film out while the Muppets are hot.
  5. meepmuppaphones

    meepmuppaphones Active Member

    I hope they include more Muppets this time, so it could be very Muppety. Maybe more lines by Sam the Eagle, Bunsen, Beaker, Link, Dr. Strangepork, and DO NOT FORGET RIZZO AND ROBIN. Geez Louise, where'd they go?:shifty:
  6. zoebell

    zoebell Active Member

    A comedy caper? i don't see why it has to be as soon as humanly possible, let them get it right.

    i really hope it's not that similar to GMC- i was kinda expecting something completely different
  7. Hayley B

    Hayley B Active Member

    I agree. Normally they feel like that they should be a direct to dvd when they get that rushed.
  8. zoebell

    zoebell Active Member

    i can't believe this is all happening so fast! although, i guess it doesn't take as long as effects driven films

    still, i'm not so sure about a comedy caper, just because they've already done it. wouldn't it be directly compared to GMC? i don't want people to think they're just redoing their own history...although maybe that's a conscious part of the joke too? that could be funny i guess

    disney must really be happy with this last one though, given what they're demanding
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  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Something has just hit me: How celebrity-heavy will this one be? The previous film was very celebrity-heavy, as was The Muppet Movie, but The Great Muppet Caper only had a handful of celebrity cameos.
  10. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    It is kinda strange that they'd use that word, considering it clearly is a title from a previous film, lol.
  11. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    I want more Kermit and Piggy. I mean technically it's way to early to confirm much I mean they just announced a new one was being made. Just remember storylines get thrown around all the time before finally getting green lit. I think Disney needs to slow down though realistically I think a 2014 release is more plausible. If they wanna make that much more marketing on the muppets let them do more tv specials in the mean time. And like many people said the more you rush the less good it's probably gonna be. They need to not ruin this. I personally wish they'd look to Frank Oz for advice. :/
  12. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    Disney seems to want to strike while the Muppets are hot. That's a good thing. This is an approximate breakdown of what is required for a Summer 2013 release:
    • 3 months to complete & polish the script
    • 3 months of preproduction, soundtrack, set building, location scouting etc.
    • 3 months of production and filming
    • 3 months of post-production editing, effects and mixing
    It can be done and not be rushed if they hit all green lights without any substancial set-backs over the next year. Television is an entirely different creature than film so I wouldn't compare the rushed specials to this sequel. However, I suspect this will be a holiday 2013 release. Either way, this is great news!!
  13. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    I'm gonna have to disagree I think a early 2014 release would be better. Besides until Disney gives the go ahead everything is still up in the air. If this is the storyline and the best they could do I have to say I'm quite disappointed. But until I see something more concrete like filming is starting I'm taking everything with a grain of salt. Disney is only rushing this for the money whether there's a crap storyline or not. I do not wanna see them wreck this movie by poor rushing.
  14. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    After the holidays is notoriously the worst time for movies. That's usually where companies dump what they don't like. That would be terrible.

    I don't see anything in "comedy caper" to cause disappointment. :confused: All we know is that it will be comedy (like all Muppet movies) and a caper (i.e. a playful escapade with a possible criminal element). That's very Muppety and there are a million ways to play that. This sounds like a traditional device rather than a gimmicky one like retellings of classic literature or Muppets from Space. Just because they're going back to their roots doesn't mean they're redoing old scripts. It's a very vague pitch. It's also very simple and as we all know "Simple is good!" :jim:

    I see inspiration rather than cynicism in Disney's passion for getting this project moving. :fanatic: They are very interested in the Muppets right now - giving them so much thoughtful, cross-media attention. :flirt: The entertainment industry, just like all other industries, is about money. I'd steer clear of any company that doesn't want to make buckets of money. :crazy: What you're proposing is that Disney doesn't care about the Muppets' quality and I see no current evidence of that aside from their idea of kicking around this ambitious time table.

    It's too soon for concern. On the contrary, the news so far is very good and very Muppety! :)
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  15. Avilos

    Avilos Member

    Well "Comedy Caper" is really a broad and generic term. Tons of movies with little in common could be called that. I totally understand why hearing it in relationship to the Muppets would invoke The Great Muppet Caper. But it probably would be completely different.

    EDIT I agree with everything you posted jvcarroll. I am not worried about a short wait to a new movie either.

    Think how long it took to get the last one. A lot of that was worrying about relaunching the characters right. They do not have to do that now. Think how many different episodes of The Muppet Show could be written and produced in a year! Also the down time between films in the 80s was not very long. Even that was probably because Jim was doing so many other projects on the side. This will be the main focus of these new guys.
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  16. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    It's just I know Disney's streak when it comes to rushed movies and sequels and it's not a very good record. The only exception I can make is the Toy Story franchise. The reality is Disney only cares about the money call me a cynic if you want but that's why their pushing this thing so much is for the money. I still have great optimism about this movie and I believe I just said its too early to tell. Im sure their still playing with ideas have already scrapped a few storylines. I think Disney does a great job in marketing I think their the best company out there however I don't want to see something rushed just so they can slap their name on it. I am overjoyed at the exposure the muppets have gotten since this recent one came out it really has been a long time since they've been back on top but it's because of that that I hope they come up with a fresh new storyline and not something that's been done before.
    Plaid Fraggle likes this.
  17. zoebell

    zoebell Active Member

    that's true. TMM was '79 and GMC was '81

    but a summer 2013 release would actually be less than 2 years since the last one. i think a holiday release would be good

    i do understand them wanting to take advantage of the character's current attention and all though.
  18. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    I just wanna add I love Disney and I think The Muppets are in great hands I just want what we've anticipated so much to be just that another great Muppet movie. I look forward to new details as they come out. And whats gonna happen until then.
  19. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    Somebody tell that to John Carter! :oops:

    Who's to say a "caper" isn't a fresh idea? :skeptical:
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  20. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    Or the kids from Bridge to Terabithia. Did Disney really think they could get away with advertising a drama as a Narnia-like fantasy adventure?
    jvcarroll likes this.
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