Muppet movie losing Muppet essence?
A script has been seen for the new Muppets film, allegedly, the one written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, for which a director was just announced not that long ago, James Bobin.
Now the script has been seen, and although it's not being fully shared online, there are some details to be had and although it seems it might well be funny, there are some hints that it's lost the Muppet magic.
The script isn't being shared online as there's a lot of secrecy around it, however the person who has read it is keen to talk about some of the key points of the new Muppet film currently titled The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time.
The Playlist get some good reveals from the guy who has read it, and he tells us some of 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."
That, to me, sounds like some classic Muppet work right there, and it's great that there's a plot in there to tie in the old television studio - does that mean old sets that we know and love from the series?
"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. Stoller and Segel have fun with the characters, are aware of what made the Muppet early years so great (winks to the audience, friendly musical numbers, single gag repetition, friendship and togetherness being the answer to everything), and hit the mark 65% of the time."
They go on to say that the script lacks some real drive, but let's face it, this does sound like an early draft, and even if it's not I'm sure that the director hasn't had his input yet, not in a matter of a week or so. According to the article though the script is dated October 2009.
I think the premise sounds like a fun film that's going back to the Muppet television series rather than recreating a Muppet film. They mention a few times that the films are all outside in the real world, and there's a lot of charm in that, but the television show was what started it all and they were just as funny indoors.
Are you voting for a good Muppet film or not?