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Bret McKenzie is working on a fairy tale comedy musical that will have "singing dragons and monsters"

Aug. 9, 2013by: Jesse Giroux
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Bret McKenzie

Bret McKenzie is much more than a musician and songwriter. Sure he'll always be known for being a part of Flight of the Conchords and he won an Academy Award for the song "Man or Muppet" from THE MUPPETS (he's also writing some of the songs for the sequel MUPPETS MOST WANTED), but he's branched out lately (acting wise) with parts in THE HOBBIT and the upcoming AUSTENLAND with Keri Russell and JJ Feild.

Collider recently talked to with Bret McKenzie about AUSTENLAND and in the interview McKenzie revealed that he is currently working on a project with James Bobin (co-writer and director for THE MUPPETS) that he describes as a "fairy tale comedy musical" and says it will be similar to LABYRINTH.

I’m in the middle of a script for a kind of—it hasn’t got a name yet but it’s a fairy tale comedy musical, sort of akin to Labyrinth or something like that.  I’m developing and that script’s halfway through. James Bobin’s helping me.  I’m the official writer but we’re developing it. I want to make a comedy musical with singing dragons and monsters and stuff.  [It’s] live-action, so it would be a mixture of The Muppets and The Princess Bride.

Bret McKenzie did say that the project is in the very early stages of development, but he does seem very excited by the idea.

No title yet but it’s definitely my favorite thing I’m working on at the moment.  It’s early, though, it’s early.  It’s still developing.

This sounds simply delicious. I love all the music Bret McKenzie has created and a fairy tale musical with him could be absolutely hilarious. Hopefully this project does come to fruition because it could be a ton of fun.

McKenzie's next film AUSTENLAND will be in theaters in New York and L.A. on August 16th, 2013. A date for a wide release has not been announced at this time.

Extra Tidbit: Favorite Flight of the Conchords song?
Source: Collider

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5:22PM on 08/09/2013
A musical akin to Labyrinth? Sign me right up!
Tidbit: Actually "If You're Into It" is my favourite. The line "Being lewd with two dudes with food" kills me every time.
A musical akin to Labyrinth? Sign me right up!
Tidbit: Actually "If You're Into It" is my favourite. The line "Being lewd with two dudes with food" kills me every time.
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10:22AM on 08/09/2013
Totally deserved that Oscar win, Man or Muppet was actually a pretty epic song. I'm partial to Pictures in My Head from that film, though. Hope he ropes in his fellow Conchordian, Jermaine Clement. Re extra tidbit: The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room.
Totally deserved that Oscar win, Man or Muppet was actually a pretty epic song. I'm partial to Pictures in My Head from that film, though. Hope he ropes in his fellow Conchordian, Jermaine Clement. Re extra tidbit: The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room.
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9:57AM on 08/09/2013

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He was in Fellowship of the Ring and Return of the King as Figwit.

@ tibit: Alby the Racist Dragon.
He was in Fellowship of the Ring and Return of the King as Figwit.

@ tibit: Alby the Racist Dragon.
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1:45PM on 08/10/2013
I hope he's working on "Albee the Racist Dragon: The Musical, ON ICE!...in IMAX3d"
I hope he's working on "Albee the Racist Dragon: The Musical, ON ICE!...in IMAX3d"
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10:11AM on 08/10/2013

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"Too Many Dicks On The Dance Floor" and "Carol Brown". Both in the episode directed by Michel Gondry.
"Too Many Dicks On The Dance Floor" and "Carol Brown". Both in the episode directed by Michel Gondry.
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1:49PM on 08/09/2013

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"Business Time" is my favorite of their songs. I thought the guy did a perfect job on the Muppets and can't wait to see what he does on this venture
"Business Time" is my favorite of their songs. I thought the guy did a perfect job on the Muppets and can't wait to see what he does on this venture
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9:35AM on 08/09/2013

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As someone whose best friend is named Brett, nothing beats hearing my other friends sing "Bret you've got it going on" after a few drinks.
As someone whose best friend is named Brett, nothing beats hearing my other friends sing "Bret you've got it going on" after a few drinks.
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5:31AM on 08/12/2013
Business Time or Robots!
Business Time or Robots!
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