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08.06.2009

Brian Henson, son of famed Muppets creator Jim Henson, recently sat down with MTV to give an update about two long awaited projects, the FRAGGLE ROCK movie and the DARK CRYSTAL sequel. First up, FRAGGLE. It’s been talked about for a while, but Henson confirms it as for-sure happening. Don’t believe him? Well, he’s got details:

"It'll have a strong musical component. It'll be expanded to an older audience. 'Fraggle Rock' [the TV show] was presented... for a pretty exclusively children's audience. The feature film does expand it to be more accessible to a wider audience."

The original show may have seemed childish, but there are many who saw it as a grand allegory about race relations, though I’m guessing that message probably went over most kids’ heads in favor of "Ha ha funny singing monsters!" And how about that DARK CRYSTAL sequel?

"We have a 'Dark Crystal' sequel, called 'The Power of the Dark Crystal.' It has a very strong script. Both of those projects... are very close to going into pre-production," Henson said. "They're both really ready to go. [The studio is] just [in the process of] putting together the final finance pieces and the final distribution pieces."

No word on a timetable for either (I’d guess no sooner than 2011), but with this news I bet you’re already starting to stock up on illicit substances for the premiere.

Extra Tidbit: What about Jason Segel's Muppet movie?
Source: MTV

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12:26AM on 08/07/2009
It's awesome to see that this is finally actually starting to go forward. Although it didn't receive much exposure, it was reported at Comic Con that Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Lab, Samurai Jack, The Clone Wars) is still atttached to direct, and Brian Froud is indeed returning to design the characters. Now that they finally have a workable script (and by Craig Pearce, no less) it seems all the pieces are finally in place for them to begin production.
It's awesome to see that this is finally actually starting to go forward. Although it didn't receive much exposure, it was reported at Comic Con that Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Lab, Samurai Jack, The Clone Wars) is still atttached to direct, and Brian Froud is indeed returning to design the characters. Now that they finally have a workable script (and by Craig Pearce, no less) it seems all the pieces are finally in place for them to begin production.
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9:02PM on 08/06/2009
Well, one thing's for sure. Henson = Animatronics, puppets, practical effects, etc. I feel quite comfortable that the CGI used will be nominal, I think Mr Henson has too much respect for himself and his art not to mention his father's. This is good news.
Well, one thing's for sure. Henson = Animatronics, puppets, practical effects, etc. I feel quite comfortable that the CGI used will be nominal, I think Mr Henson has too much respect for himself and his art not to mention his father's. This is good news.
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3:24AM on 08/09/2009
Well, Henson Studios have been big on CG since the early 90s, so expect something regarding that style as well.
Well, Henson Studios have been big on CG since the early 90s, so expect something regarding that style as well.
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5:50PM on 08/06/2009

bad ass

love Fraggle
love Dark Crystal

These seem to be the next big movies I'm waiting for after HP7-1, HP7-2, D9, Avatar, and Battle Angel Alita
love Fraggle
love Dark Crystal

These seem to be the next big movies I'm waiting for after HP7-1, HP7-2, D9, Avatar, and Battle Angel Alita
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5:48PM on 08/06/2009
YES! I have been waiting for Dark Crystal sequel news for years. I hope it happens. As long as Brian Froud is on board...
YES! I have been waiting for Dark Crystal sequel news for years. I hope it happens. As long as Brian Froud is on board...
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4:25PM on 08/06/2009
The Dark Crystal to this very day still creeps me out I just can't sit thru it.
The Dark Crystal to this very day still creeps me out I just can't sit thru it.
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3:36PM on 08/06/2009

"Pepper Jack love the Fraggle Rock"

100 points to whoever gets the reference above...
100 points to whoever gets the reference above...
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3:55PM on 08/06/2009
Good old hot sun in Philly. Damn. I'm kinda pissed I didn't think of making that reference.
Good old hot sun in Philly. Damn. I'm kinda pissed I didn't think of making that reference.
3:11PM on 08/06/2009
Dude, I don't know about Fraggle Rock, but that Dark Crystal sequel has been going into pre-production for like 5 years.
Dude, I don't know about Fraggle Rock, but that Dark Crystal sequel has been going into pre-production for like 5 years.
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2:25PM on 08/06/2009

No Muppet Movie at Henson

The Henson Company doesn't own the Muppets anymore. They're owned by Disney. And from my understanding Disney doesn't even go sub-contract to Henson, they have another company. So The Henson Company has zilch to do with the Muppets. I don't know if that means the whole Segal pitched to Henson is a fabrication or if the facts were wrong and he pitched to Disney, but Henson has ZILCH INPUT ON ALL THINGS MUPPETS. NADA. ZERO. NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MUPPETS.
The Henson Company doesn't own the Muppets anymore. They're owned by Disney. And from my understanding Disney doesn't even go sub-contract to Henson, they have another company. So The Henson Company has zilch to do with the Muppets. I don't know if that means the whole Segal pitched to Henson is a fabrication or if the facts were wrong and he pitched to Disney, but Henson has ZILCH INPUT ON ALL THINGS MUPPETS. NADA. ZERO. NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MUPPETS.
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2:13PM on 08/06/2009
Man I miss Fraggle Rock.
Man I miss Fraggle Rock.
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2:08PM on 08/06/2009
if done in the same style and spirit as the original a dark crystal sequel would be awesome!!! hope any studio execs whop distribute this let the artists and visionaries behind this do their thing without too much interference. i could see them saying "make it less dark..."
if done in the same style and spirit as the original a dark crystal sequel would be awesome!!! hope any studio execs whop distribute this let the artists and visionaries behind this do their thing without too much interference. i could see them saying "make it less dark..."
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12:23AM on 08/07/2009
I would be worried about the studio trying to water it down if it weren't for the people involved. Genndy Tartakovsky doesn't seem like the type to give into studio pressure.
I would be worried about the studio trying to water it down if it weren't for the people involved. Genndy Tartakovsky doesn't seem like the type to give into studio pressure.
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