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The Muppets to Host the Oscars?

Next years Oscar awards are in a bit of a pickle, thanks to the recent departures of both host Eddie Murphy and producer Brett Ratner, which rocked headlines today. A few hours ago, it was announced that Brian Grazer will be replacing Ratner. However, it still leaves the Academy Awards down a host and people are looking towards Jim Henson’s Muppets to host, which would be a first for the awards show.

A Facebook page has been advocating for the Muppets to host the Oscars since February 28th and now appears to be gaining traction thanks to this Murphy Ratner shenanigans. Kermit, Ms. Piggy and the rest of the Muppet gang may be one step closer to that reality. The Oscars themselves are aired on ABC, owned by Disney and they own the Muppet franchise-and they just so happen to be releasing the latest Muppets movie on November 23rd. A reasonable possibility it seems. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see Beaker (Meep) giving out the award for Best Director?

Granted, using puppets instead of a living cast is going to change a few things (more tables), but having a fuzzy cast of characters on broadcast television could bring in a much younger viewing audience. Of course that would make the Academy Awards relevant and why would they want that? In other words, this probably is never gonna happen. Meep!

Via: Deadline

Fans of writer Stephen King have been waiting over a year for a live-action adaptation of his acclaimed Dark Tower series. With Universal Studios pulling their support after a series of financial disagreements with director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer, the duo have had to rethink their strategy. You would turn tail to if you were going to shell out $140 million+ dollars for a film trilogy and a television series.

Even with all this, Grazer is confident that an adaption will soon be around the corner. All in thanks to a newer script draft and  a smaller budget. In a recent interview with The Playlist Grazer said:

“We found a way to cut out $45 million out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending. In the $140 million draft, the ending wasn’t quite as satisfying. Now, we’ve got $45 million, $50 million out of the way and a really satisfying ending. It’s gonna get made.”

This $45 million dollar budget-friendly way of preserving King’s ending could have a studio knocking on Ron’s door to start filming very soon. So… I guess it’s a step in the right direction. Personally, one movie for 10,000 pages? Sounds like another terrible adaptation to me.

Via: Super Hero Hype