Prepare for some major nostalgia – Warner Bros. have just announced that the beloved series Sesame Street will be hitting the big screen at some point with a brand new movie adaptation. The film is only in the early stages of pre-production right now, but will apparently be scripted by David Guion and Michael Handelman, whose other works include Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Dinner for Schmucks and The Ex. It will also be produced by Shawn Levy (Stranger Things), Michael Aguilar (The Departed) and Guymon Casady (Game of Thrones), alongside Sesame Workshop.
Although Sesame Street has been one of the longest-running children’s television shows, it’s not often made it into feature film territory. In 1985, we had the movie Follow That Bird, and in 1999, we had The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (alongside a couple of documentaries like Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey and I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story), but other than that, it’s never really been much of a cinematic presence.
This looks likely to change now though, according to Warner Bros, who are now handling the project. Producer Shawn Levy said:
“Sesame Street is at Warner Bros, and we are right now working on a treatment for what I think is going to be a really imaginative and entertaining take on that beloved and decades-old global brand. The trick there is to honour these characters that are beloved but in a movie that feels entertaining for the kids who we might bring to the movie but humorous on that second level for those parents who bring their kids. It’s early – we’re still at the treatment stage, but very bullish on that.”
Having spent almost its entire lifetime on PBS, the Sesame Street series actually moved over to HBO to hang out alongside Game of Thrones and other shows last year. However, despite the big network jump, it doesn’t look like the new Sesame Street episodes will feature any full-frontal nudity or graphic violence, and you won’t need a HBO subscription to watch them – in fact, judging by HBO’s official 2015 Sesame Street trailer, the series should stay pretty true to the original PBS show and our fond childhood memories. And if Warner Bros. follow the same plan, the new movie will hopefully do much the same, but with some interesting updates.