Wednesday, May 14, 2008

This can't be good

Anybody remember the last puppet/muppet movie? I'm thinking it was The Muppet Movie (1, 2, 3 - or, heaven forfend, did they make a 4 too?).

Granted, there is that puppet/muppet musical (Avenue Q) currently holding 28th place as the longest running musical on Broadway (according to Wikipedia). But still.

The Weinstein Company - which, by the way, is evidently in some weird, haven't paid big-time DGA residuals on 20-30 movies debacle according to DeadlineHollywood - has announced that it is making Fraggle Rock into a movie, to be produced by Ahmet Zappa, along with two of Jim Henson's kids (that gives us some hope, at least). I don't know why Ahmet Zappa, but there you go.

The movie is going to be written and directed by Cory Edwards, who directed the animated movie "Hoodwinked!" for TWC. See? That explains everything, right? "Hoodwinked!"? Edwards? Huh?

A little research reveals that Hoodwinked! scored a 48 on RT. And further research (I have to be good for something) reveals that other than that stellar debut effort, all Edwards has done is - wow! - work on the sequel to Hoodwinked! (filming now). Okay, my last bit of research (damn, there's just always more, isn't there?) shows that the budget on the original was under $20 million, and US box office was over $50 million. So I guess I can see why TWC is calling for a sequel - even with that lousy 48 score. But couldn't they have done better by Gobo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red? By Jim Henson? That man had vision, imagination, talent, guts.

Watch the classic intro to Fraggle Rock. (It's a video. Do you see the video?)

I'm not alone, by the by, in thinking this Fraggle Rock film idea can't be good -- check out /Film's take on it. But you know - I'd love to be wrong.

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