The big screen adaptation of Fraggle Rock has been kicking around pre-production hell for some time now. Why it hasn’t made any progress I don’t know, now is the time to adapt properties from the 80s, everyone else is. But it seems if we have anyone to blame it’s The Weinstein Company. Cory Edwards is attached to direct the Fraggle Rock movie and he’s made a post on his blog explaining the delay,
Many, many, many of you have repeatedly asked for some kind of update on the Fraggle Rock movie. The truth is, I got nothin’. There’s nothing to report except that The Weintstein Company has everything they need to move forward, and the ball is in their court. They’ve talked about getting a new writer, which I’m willing to do. They’ve talked about starting over from scratch, which I’m willing to do. But I have not heard a peep from their camp in almost a year. I completely sympathize with all of you that are waiting for a movie, but let’s all remember that the next best thing to making a Fraggle movie is avoiding making a BAD ONE. So at least we’re doing that. Until something new happens to awaken the project from its deep coma, we can at least enjoy the untainted TV series on DVD and The Hub Network. As for me, I’m already working on new things. I hope you’ll stick around and check in here… I’ll be announcing my next project very, very soon.
It’s also possible The Weinstein Company is waiting to see how Edward’s next film, Hoodwinked Too! a sequel to his the first Hoodwinked film he directed, performs before they make a final decision to go forward. Or maybe they’re waiting to see is Disney’s upcoming Muppet movie starring Jason Segal is a hit before they decide to make their own puppet movie. Who knows, it’s Hollywood and the logical answer is rarely the right answer.
I’d be thrilled to see a Fraggle Rock movie but I also fear they’d just muck it up. Fraggle Rock is brilliant as it is and attempting to gear it for more mature audience will only ruin it. Sadly, I’m sure to be in the minority because not making a Fraggle Rock movie also does not make money. In the meantime you can enjoy classic Fraggle Rock on channels like The Hub, so we’ve go that going for us, right?