Fraggle Rock is still in the works, will feature music from Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears and Babydaddy
It's been nearly a year since we last reported on the feature film version of FRAGGLE ROCK. Director Cory Edwards (HOODWINKED!) went on a very understandable rant last June, upset about the fact that super producer siblings the Weinsteins felt his FRAGGLE ROCK script wasn't quite "edgy" enough.
The future of the project was then called into question as Edwards had the following to say on his website a few months ago:
"Many, many, many of you have repeatedly asked for some kind of update on the Fraggle Rock movie. The truth is, I got nothin’. There’s nothing to report except that The Weinstein Company has everything they need to move forward, and the ball is in their court. They’ve talked about getting a new writer, which I’m willing to do. They’ve talked about starting over from scratch, which I’m willing to do. But I have not heard a peep from their camp in almost a year. I completely sympathize with all of you that are waiting for a movie, but let’s all remember that the next best thing to making a Fraggle movie is avoiding making a BAD ONE. So at least we’re doing that. Until something new happens to awaken the project from its deep coma, we can at least enjoy the untainted TV series on DVD and The Hub Network."
It appears now, though, that FRAGGLE ROCK has finally awaken from that coma, perhaps even with that "edge" the Weinsteins so desperately wanted. According to Music Week, the film is back in the works, featuring a fresh new deal with Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears and guitarist Babydaddy, both of whom have been brought in to work on the soundtrack for the developing feature. About that "edge" again: the Scissor Sisters are a glam rock band that, according to Wikipedia, were "spawned by the scuzzy, gay nightlife scene of New York" and "who took their name from a sexual position between two women." Scissor me timbers!
Odd as that all may sound, the Scissor Sisters and the Jim Henson team have actually worked together before. According to Celluloid & Cigarette Burns, the puppeteering maestros created stage creatures for the band's live performances some years back. You can see some of that below.
|Extra Tidbit:||At one point back in late 2006, Ahmet Zappa - younger brother of guitarist Frank Zappa - was commissioned by The Jim Henson Company to develop FRAGGLE ROCK.|