It’s not every day that you see a big star with real draw power getting involved in a reboot of an old children’s show. Okay, so there was that Garfield thing with Bill Murray, but we try to forget that one. But the year of 2015 brings us some rather interesting news. It appears as if Joseph Gordon-Levitt is ready to put his name on the Fraggle Rock franchise in more ways that one. Not only will he produce a movie adaptation, but he’ll also be starring in it.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the potential for a Fraggle Rock flick. With the new trend to recycle and reuse every available property out there, it’s only natural that this popular kid’s show would be making the rounds. But now it may be getting closer to reality. For JGL has stepped up to bat and when he gets involved, things happen (even with the eternally limboed Sandman movie).
Here are some of the words right out of JGL’s mouth:
The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on ‘Sesame Street,’ and then on ‘Fraggle Rock.’ Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood. Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved. I’m grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project.
So it’s a labor of love for JGL. He loved the Fraggles and now he wants to put forth the effort to bring them to the big screen. And what better way to do that then to add both his money and his star power to the pot? Furthermore, if JGL is as much as a Henson fan as he says, then we can expect something that will be true to that Master of Muppets’ vision.
No word on when the Fraggle Rock project will begin, but it’s not likely to be anytime in the immediate future. JGL has Sandman going right now as well as another project from Oliver Stone, so he’s a busy boy. Fortunately, JGL also has a proven track record of getting things done, so we don’t have to worry quite as much about the project being scrapped. Look out world – here come the Fraggles!
What say the Nerd Readers? Are you looking forward to a big-screen version of Fraggle Rock? Or is this another one that should be left in the past, to be remembered with fondness lest the powers-that-be in Hollywood mess it up?