I had absolutely no idea that there were as many movies featuring Jim Hensons Muppets as there are. Apparently, counting direct-to-video, telefilms, and major motion pictures, there have been fourteen of them. Fourteen. That doesn’t include television specials. They certainly don’t hold the same sway that they once did — long gone are the days of The Great Muppet Caper or Muppets Take Manhattan. Anyway, that may all be about to change.
Disney has announced the forthcoming The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made that, despite its unusual and cumbersome title, actually has a great deal of promise if you’re a fan of the Muppets. And if you aren’t a fan of the Muppets, well then, there is a dead husk dwelling where your soul should be. The best news about this is that the screenplay was written by Forgetting Sarah Marshall writer (and star) Jason Segel, also of Knocked Up and the writer of the upcoming Get Him To The Greek. Segel’s writing in Forgetting Sarah Marshall was absolutely fantastic, and obviously, with the inclusion of his vampire puppet musical, he’s shown an affinity for puppets. No word on whether the newest Muppet movie will include miniature baby vampires, but one can but hope.
According to SlashFilm, Segel has said that his script “follows the Muppets, who must unite to save the Muppet Theater from an evil oil tycoon. As it turns out, the old theater its on top of some black gold.”
The plot in the Muppet movies don’t matter that much, really. It’s just an excuse to get the band back together and have some fun. So I’m excited. Joyous, even. In fact, let’s close this out with a little “Ode To Joy.”