From Space updates
Phillip Chapman and Brian Knatchbull
of Koozebanian Space Aliens
Updated: June 15, 1999
Muppets From Space approaches we will be posting information of what may
be in the film here.
- For the
first time since The Muppets Take Manhattan in 1984, the Muppets will
finally be playing themselves in this film. Hopefully, this will
help the movie to reach a broader audience.
Muppet Central fan artist Chris Smigliano met Kevin Clash. It appears
that Clifford may make his film debut in Muppets From Space. Even though
Clifford joined the Muppet family in 1989 on The Jim Henson Hour, Clifford
has not yet appeared in a Muppet movie.
we got the impression that most of the film would be shot in Australia,
however, Muppet Central has learned that Muppets From Space will begin
filming November 9 in Wilmington, North Carolina. This is the same
location for the filming of Elmo in Grouchland. A
few of the outside scenes, however, will be shot in Australia as originally
announced in May.
Kleiser had parted ways from directing Muppets From Space for The Jim
Henson Company due to "creative differences." It was
reported today (Wednesday, August 5, 1998) by Reuters-Variety that newcomer
Tim Hill is taking over as director of Muppets In Space. (Yes,
once again it was referred to in the article as the original title rather
than Muppets From Space which was reported in May.
Has it changed back once again? Well maybe this is one rumor still
not solved). From a story-line standpoint, Muppets In Space always seemed
to work better for me, but we'll see what happens.
it Cool News reported the following information and we have confirmed
that the following story-line is currently accurate. The new movie
is centered around Gonzo. Apparently, Gonzo was left on earth by
aliens, and now that Gonzo is a star, the aliens have returned to take
Gonzo back to their home planet. This will be an interesting topic
to explore, because likely it will show that "wherever" Gonzo
is from, that he is still a part of the Muppet family. Various sources
have confirmed that the title is Muppets From Space.
Juhl has informed Muppet Central that he is no longer involved with
the writing of the script of the next Muppet movie. However, the movie
will be based on his script, not the one submitted by Kirk Thatcher.
Read the full article here.
Martin G. Baker has joined Producer, Brian Henson on the upcoming Muppet
film. He joined the project back on August 5. Also David Avram Goodman
and Rick Copp are now listed as writers of the film. They also joined
the project back on August 5. Rick Copp is best known for writing Paramount's
"The Brady Bunch Movie" back in 1995. Martin Baker has worked
with the Muppets for many years, including The Jim Henson Hour, The
Muppet Christmas Carol, and Muppet Treasure Island.
It Cool News reported that Frank Oz will not be performing any characters
in Muppets From Space. Instead, Frank will be doing voice-overs through
a process called "looping" for characters like Miss Piggy
and Fozzie. (This is a fairly common occurrence). Hopefully, we will
see more of them in this new film. Frank Oz is also performing Yoda
for the upcoming Star Wars trilogy. Star Wars: Episode 1 will debut
next May. Muppets From Space began filming November 9 at Screen Gems
Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina. It is disappointing though to
know that yet another Muppet veteran (along with Jerry Juhl) is not
heavily involved with this project on a day-to-day basis.
Tambor, who starred in "The Larry Sanders Show" and can currently
be seen in "Meet Joe Black", will star in Muppets From Space.
- On Wednesday,
November 25, an official press release
announced that the Electric Mayhem will return in this film. Many of
the co-stars are also officially announced. Even though Jerry
Juhl left the project in early August, he is receiving script credit
for this movie alongside Joseph Mazzarino.
- The following
Muppets Tonight characters will be in the new film: Pepe, Dr. Phil Van
Neuter, Clifford, Johnny and Sal (in a brief appearance), Bean Bunny,
Mr. Poddlepants, and Bobo the Bear as "Rentro." Other "surprise"
cameos of classic Muppet Show characters are also expected.
- Some new
people have been added to the "Muppets From Space" cast &
crew list. On December 1, 1998 Kristine Belson ("Elmo
In Grouchland") has been added as an Executive Producer, Timothy
M. Bourne has been added as a Co-Producer and also the Unit Production
Manager. A bit of trivia - Timothy also served as the Additional Second
Assistant Director on "The Muppets Take Manhattan". Ken Kaufman
has been added as a Writer, Alan O. Caso as Cinematographer, Michael
A. Stevenson as Editor, Stephen Marsh as Production Designer, Alan Cassie
("MCC", "MTI") as Art Director and Michael Schorr
in charge of Special Effects. Also it is rumored that Hulk Hogan has
been added as a cameo appearance.
- Sony Pictures
has added their on-line Muppets
From Space page. You can visit that link by going here.
Donnelly, an eleven-year-old Augusta girl who suffers from a rare form
of bone cancer has been granted her wish to appear in a Muppet movie.
She is traveling to Wilmington, North Carolina to film her part as an
extra in the newest Muppet movie thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Kristina suffers from Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.
- The release
date of Muppets From Space has changed again to Wednesday, July 14,