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Ever since Edgar Wright dropped out of directing Disney’s Ant-Man flick, things have been complete chaos for the movie. Directors have been rumored, directors have been confirmed only to back out again and nobody seems to know what the hell is going on. As part of our seemingly hourly installment of “Who will direct Ant-Man”, we here at Nerd Bastards bring you yet one more attempt to figure out which person will be sitting his ass down in the director’s chair. Read on to see who the two new rumored names are. (more…)

The Muppets rejuvenated, uh, The Muppets and brought the whole gang back on the big screen in a fun and modern way pleasing longtime fans as well as newer and younger audiences. Suffice it to say, The Muppets was an all around hit and we’re hoping the already announced sequel lives up. Tentatively titled, The Muppets… again, a source told /Film the sequel, being scripted by Nicholas Stoller and James Bobin, will involve Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, and the gang in an European caper.

Adding to the awesome, THR is reporting Tina Fey is in talks to join the production as a Russian gulag prison guard. I love it! Right in her wheelhouse. She would be joined by other participating humans Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell. Though expect to learn of more humans involved the closer we get to its, likely, 2014 release date.

What do you think of Fey joining The Muppets‘ sequel?

Actor Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Bastards) is known for playing some of the best villains in film. To hear he was cast as the lead in The Muppets sequel, it blew my mind. I can only imagine what it would have been like to see such an intense actor sing, dance and joke with The Muppets. Too bad it’s not going to happen.

Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, Waltz had to bow out.

The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Emmy award winner Ty Burrell will be taking over for Chris in the Nicholas Stoller and James Bobin written and directed sequel.

Not a bad choice. Being the a lead on the hit show Modern Family, Burrell sure knows how to act around muppets.

Not much is known about the exact plot except that it’s set in Europe, focuses on some kind of caper, will once again feature all the Muppets (including new addition, Walter) and three of the lead human roles are Burrell’s Interpol Inspector, a Russian Femme Fatale and another man “whose intentions are always in question.” Oscar-winner Bret McKenzie will also be back writing songs.

The Muppets sequel will reportedly shoot sometime next year in London, England, but as far as we’re concerned that’s a long ways away.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted as more casting news is developed in the future.

Source: /Film

Academy Award winning actor Christoph Waltz is going from something completely different by signing up to play an Interpol agent in the sequel to last year’s hit The Muppets. Waltz, who will next be seen as a bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, has signed on the dotted line to appear with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang in the next Muppet movie, according to Variety.

“We kind of felt like we completed Gary’s story in the first one,” screenwriter Nicholas Stoller said in a recent interview with Coming Soon. “[H]e’s mostly interested in writing stuff for him to be in, which makes sense, right? He didn’t want to go on and write the next one. I was like, ‘Do you care if I do it with James?’ He’s like, ‘Of course not.'”

James is James Bobin, director of the last Muppets movie and creator of Flight of the Conchords.

More news as it develops.

Source: Coming Soon

Nicholas Stoller Talks Plans For Muppets 2

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 StollerJason 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.

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

Even though it had been over ten years since the last Muppets film, their comeback this past year has brought them back to the public eye. They presented at the Oscars and won Best Original Song for their song titled, “Man or Muppet”, what could be better? Well, it has just been announced that The Muppets have been confirmed for a sequel. But hold your horses, Jason Segel has already stated that he will not be involved in the film as a screenwriter.

Segel may come back in an acting capacity, but with his ongoing work on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, and films due to hit theaters this year such as: Jeff Who Lives at HomeThe Five-Year Engagement, and This is Forty  he is making sure to keep himself pretty busy. Good news is that despite Segel not appearing in the film, Gary his creation, could possibly be part of the film  seeing a Muppets director James Bobin and original co-writer Nicholas Stoller are set to pen the script for the sequel very soon.

Of course the big elephant in the room, is the possibility of Frank Oz being part of the sequel.  After being offered the opportunity to return as the voice of iconic characters Animal, Miss Piggy, and Fozzy Bear; he decided to turn it down and publicly announce that :

“I wasn’t happy with the script. I don’t think they respected the characters. But I don’t want to go on about it like a sourpuss and hurt the movie.”

Could the movies success, and popularity allow for the wounds of being beat to the punch with a new Muppets film finally be put to rest or will he really not be involved in this upcoming film as well.  The sky is the limit my friend, but for now we have another Muppets film to look forward to, and I can’t wait.

 

This holiday weekend we welcomed the Muppets back to the silver screen in, uh, The Muppets. It’s been 32 years since their first feature film, The Muppet Movie and 12 years since Muppets from Space. Add in the sensation they stirred up with any of their promotional appearances or parody trailers and it’s clear we’ve been missing the Muppets. And The Muppets, the movie, nails that perfect blend of nostalgia with fantastic fresh material.

Much of The Muppets’ success, of course, goes to the Muppets. These characters are so much larger than the people who bring them to life, and it’s because of this the Muppets will most likely still be making movies long after we’re dead. And this isn’t meant to discredit those who do bring them to life! What they do is incredible. I’ve always been amazed at the amount of emotion and expression a Muppet can show, and in The Muppets, the Muppets deliver some of their best, most genuine performances.

There’s a chance of spoilers ahead, but not an abundance. Too much of the fun is in the surprise, in particular the awesome cameos. (more…)