I was just surfing around, minding my own business, when I accidentally stumbled across a post at The Film Stage (a site I’d never even heard of before) entited “New Muppet Movie Details Emerge.” And I’m all like, What? How is it possible that I’ve never ever heard about a new Muppet movie? I figured the Muppets had moved to YouTube for good. But The Film Stage pointed me toward the scoop at the movies-and-music blog The Playlist (which I’d also never heard of before), where details emerge:
Written by Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” TV’s “Freaks and Geeks,” “How I Met Your Mother”) and Nicholas Stoller (dir. “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), the script has been previously known as “The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made,” but the film, and script — that’s evidently somewhat hard to get your hands on — is actually now called, “The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time.”
A friend of ours would not share said screenplay, said it was still being kept under semi-wraps, but did share quite a few details with us including the basic plot synopsis. So what’s it about? He writes:
“The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time” 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…
(The Playlist’s secret informer then goes on to offer his critique of this plot. It’s worth a read. Me? I think it sounds a bit too much like It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, but then I suppose that makes this new movie traditional, no?)
Why is all this being kept hush-hush? I don’t mean the plot of the movie, I mean the movie itself? Obviously there’s been quite a bit of chatter about this, so how did I not hear about it? Sheesh.
This has been your OMG Thought for the Day.