As if it were ever in doubt, the official word has come down from on-high that the Muppets sequel is officially a go. Considering the buckets of cash that Walt Disney Pictures made on the first flick, this one was pretty much a no-brainer. So far, they have it slotted for a summer 2013 release, though just how realistic this is remains to be seen.
Returnees to the Muppet pack include director James Bobin and co-writer Nicholas Stoller. Jason Segel, who helped to co-write the first installment, will not be returning, so it looks like Bobin will be standing in for him (let’s hope he knows how to write). The two have been working on the new script for a few weeks now. Spoilers regarding the new movie include a possible cameo by Segel and the introduction of some new Muppets.
In a recent interview with Collider, Stoller had a few things to say about the upcoming project. About the official green light:
“I will say, it is a caper. It is a comedy caper… They [Disney] want to do it. They want it as soon as possible, which is good. I’m not sure exactly when they want to release it. I think it was something like next summer [in 2013], but I don’t know if that’s…I don’t think that that’s realistic in terms of getting it all together in time. But to want to do it so quickly is great. It certainly makes us want to write it quickly.”
…and about the plot they’re looking at:
“Yeah, I think it’s similar to [‘The Great Muppet Caper’] in that [that film] certainly had dramatic connections to the first Muppet movie, but it was a whole new thing, hopefully. This is the same thing. We love ‘The Great Muppet Caper’ and we love ‘Muppets Take Manhattan’ and whatnot. So this has some elements of that, but it’s different because it’s in the tone of what James and I like to do.”
Fans of the older films may have something to look forward to if their intention is to get back to the wacky roots of the Muppets from the Henson days. Hopefully, this time around the movie won’t receive cries of “Communist!” from some less-than-intelligent news sources.
For the full interview with Stoller, check out Collider.