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What's the story with Jason Segel's Muppet Movie?

02.09.2010

As clearly demonstrated by the climax of FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, actor Jason Segel has a curious affinity for puppetry. He also plans to revive Kermit, Fozzie and all the fabric characters made popular by Jim Henson.

Along with MARSHALL director Nicholas Stoller, Segel's self-described "dream project" is optimistically now called THE GREATEST MUPPET MOVIE OF ALL TIME, and the Playlist has a look at their script.

The story is about "Gary, Mary, and Walter (a man, his girlfriend, and the man's life-long nondescript, brown puppet best friend) getting the old Muppet gang — now retired entertainers known for the same Muppet show we know them from — together to save the TV studio that the original show was shot in. A villain, Tex Richman (nice name, on par with Doc Hopper), bent on drilling for oil underneath the studio, is due to take over the studio in weeks and the only way to stop him? Putting on a show that draws ten million viewers."

So how is it? Does it do justice to our favorite foam rubber beings? While the reviewer isn't thrilled with the show business setting, the verdict is that "It's a solid attempt at recapturing what made "The Muppet Show" and the first two Muppet movies so great, but "The Great Muppet Movie of All Time" is no "Great Muppet Caper" — 'Caper' being to the first Muppets film, what "The Empire Strikes Back" is to "Star Wars" — but it is a fresh, younger approach."

Check out their whole report HERE.

Extra Tidbit: Segel previously said he was writing cameos for all his friends, so we should see appearances by Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell. At least.
Source: The Playlist

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6:53PM on 02/10/2010
I really enjoyed the puppet sequence in Fogetting Sarah Marshall and the fact that Jason Segel willl be behind this as well asthe people that made that possible in the film makes me want to see "The Great Muppet Movie of All Time"
I really enjoyed the puppet sequence in Fogetting Sarah Marshall and the fact that Jason Segel willl be behind this as well asthe people that made that possible in the film makes me want to see "The Great Muppet Movie of All Time"
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5:23PM on 02/10/2010
I can't wait for this. I loooove the Muppets, they just crack me up!
I can't wait for this. I loooove the Muppets, they just crack me up!
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4:51PM on 02/10/2010

james bobin

it's being directed by James Bobin, WHO--directed and co-wrote Flight of the Conchordz and Da Ali G Show. So yeah, this is gold, jerry, gold!
it's being directed by James Bobin, WHO--directed and co-wrote Flight of the Conchordz and Da Ali G Show. So yeah, this is gold, jerry, gold!
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12:51PM on 02/10/2010

I'm Totally Sold

There is nothing Muppet that I do not love. I even enjoyed Muppets in Space. Bring it on Segel!
There is nothing Muppet that I do not love. I even enjoyed Muppets in Space. Bring it on Segel!
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11:03AM on 02/10/2010

No Love For Muppets Take Manhattan?

"...a solid attempt at recapturing what made...the first two Muppet movies so great."

Muppets Take Manhattan (third in the overall series) was an excellent movie! I love all three of the original Muppet movies. After Jim Henson died, I didn't have any interest, namely because the voices didn't sound like what I had remembered (because, obviously, many of them weren't). If they can get as many of the original stars to come back, I'll be happy. At the very least, I want to hear Frank Oz
"...a solid attempt at recapturing what made...the first two Muppet movies so great."

Muppets Take Manhattan (third in the overall series) was an excellent movie! I love all three of the original Muppet movies. After Jim Henson died, I didn't have any interest, namely because the voices didn't sound like what I had remembered (because, obviously, many of them weren't). If they can get as many of the original stars to come back, I'll be happy. At the very least, I want to hear Frank Oz doing Fozzie and Piggy.
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11:00PM on 02/09/2010
Can't wait to see this movie. Anything with Muppets is good and im sure when I see this movie, memories of my childhood are going to come to mind. I trust in Jason Segel based off what I saw in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Bring it on!!!!!!!
Can't wait to see this movie. Anything with Muppets is good and im sure when I see this movie, memories of my childhood are going to come to mind. I trust in Jason Segel based off what I saw in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Bring it on!!!!!!!
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10:58PM on 02/09/2010
James Franco and Ms. Piggy should hook up!

He does love getting busy with pillows, so a muppet is just the next evolution of this. Am I right?
James Franco and Ms. Piggy should hook up!

He does love getting busy with pillows, so a muppet is just the next evolution of this. Am I right?
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10:54PM on 02/09/2010

UHF!

This seems like it's UHF with muppets... That film is a guilty pleasure of mine :) Sounds interesting!
This seems like it's UHF with muppets... That film is a guilty pleasure of mine :) Sounds interesting!
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10:52PM on 02/09/2010
It's been a long time since I've seen the muppet films, but this sounds familiar to one of the other movies (muppets take manhatten?). Still, I'd love to see another good muppet movie.
It's been a long time since I've seen the muppet films, but this sounds familiar to one of the other movies (muppets take manhatten?). Still, I'd love to see another good muppet movie.
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10:32PM on 02/09/2010

I like it

I think this is a very sensible direction to take the movie. Bring on the muppets!
I think this is a very sensible direction to take the movie. Bring on the muppets!
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