The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made tells the story of the muppets as they reunite to save their theater. And it’s supposed to be great. Wait. I meant the Greatest Ever.
Not a ton of details are available at present. It looks like the movie will follow Kermit and pals as they save Muppet Studios in Hollywood. They have to get together and put on a new show, getting 10 million people to show up to save the studio.
So 10 million people at $10 bucks a pop.
The studio is hoping this’ll make $100 million. Hold your breath.
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The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made
Jason Segel is writing and starring in the new Muppet movie. He’s co-writing the script with Nicholas Stoller, who he worked with on Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but the film will be directed by James Bobin, who has limited theatrical experience, but he did write, produce, and direct a number of episodes of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Da Ali G Show. So he can bring the funny.
Who’s It For?
Probably G, maybe PG, no wait.. The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made has to be General.
Movie Release Date
Look for The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made in theaters December 25, 2011.
Who’s In It?
Kevin Clash … Clifford
Brian Henson … Sal Manilla/Robin the Frog/Crazy Harry/Pops/The Newsman/Ma Bear
Steve Whitmire … Kermit the Frog/Rizzo the Rat/Beaker/Statler/Bean Bunny/Link Hogthrob (voice)
Dave Goelz … The Great Gonzo/Dr. Bunsen Honeydew/Waldorf/Beauregard/Zoot
Bill Barretta … Pepe the Prawn/Bobo the Bear/Johnny Fiama/Rowlf/Dr. Teeth/Swedish Chef/Dr. Van Neuter/Lew Zealand/Bubba the Rat
Breaking News : Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones are in negotiations to join Disney’s Muppet movie. Jack Black will play a kidnapping victim, and Billy Crystal and Jean-Claude Van Damme are also showing up in unspecified cameos. Also, Zach Galifianakis is also signed up to be in the film. Could this really be The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made? Yes, I think it actually is.
This is Jason Segel’s second job as a screenwriter after Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I saw the original Muppet Movie in 1977. Maybe this really isn’t that interesting after all.
Other Muppet Movies, duh.
What’s Good About It?
Segel has proven himself to be a talented guy, and he works hard as hell. I like the director, and at the end of the day, it’s a Muppet movie. I like muppets.
What’s Bad About It?
I wonder about Segel’s ability to write something for kid’s. Forgetting Sarah Marshall showed his dong. Twice. I doubt that’ll happen here. Hopefully he’ll be able to make jokes that are appropriate for all audiences.
All kidding aside, The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made shouldn’t be too bad.
Our Clever Prediction
I don’t see a big box office here. Muppets, while classic, don’t really enjoy the same level of popularity they once did. While the film could be a lot of fun, I think it’ll be a moderate success at best. The one thing it has going for it is that it’s a kid’s movie being released on Christmas, which is a good time for a movie to come out.
*Notes From The King around these parts*
Brian is usually wrong, he’s wrong again on his prediction about The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. It will destroy at the box-office, surging to around the 150 million dollar mark.