After the successful revival of Jim Henson‘s Muppet franchise, you would think that Jason Segel would want to continue work alongside his Muppet pals – wrong. Even though The Muppets was a box office hit, the movie’s co-writer and star has decided to step aside and let others take over from where he left off. James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller are set to write the new Muppets movie.
On top of bummer news, it’s just been reported that Segel won’t even come back to reprise his role as Gary.
According to Bleeding Cool:
Between promoting Five Year Engagement, work on Knocked Up sequel This Is 40 and presumably another season of How I Met Your Mother, there’s just no time left in the day [for Segel] to do proper justice to a Muppets sequel…
During a recent press junket for the upcoming Jeff Who Lives at Home, Jason (via an interview with Collider) was asked where he stood on his involvement in the sequel:
“It’s true but it’s totally amicable. My goal was to bring the Muppets back and I did that leaving them in very good hands, my writing partner and James Bobin the director. I did what I set out to do, and now I wanna pursue more human-related projects… All I wanted to do was to set the stage for them to do whatever they wanted. I’m sure I’ll return in some capacity here and there, but that was half a decade of my life. Five years of hard work. I’m ready for a little puppet break.”
This is rather dis-heartening to hear, given that Jason was such a pivotal part in bringing The Muppets to a newer generation. Plus, he was so damn good in it too. The man sure put a smile on my face.
On the other hand, human characters never recur in Muppet movies anyway, do they?
Source: Bleeding Cool