Sunday, March 22, 2015

'Fraggle Rock' moving ahead with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and The Henson Company

Since the passing of Jim Henson in 1990, his characters have been on a roller coaster ride of highs and lows in the entertainment industry. Sesame Street has been a mainstay through the years and is still a childhood favorite, but The Muppets have been less consistent. The relationship between Disney and the Henson Company has been a positive, but there was a 12 year period where there were no Muppets films made at all. Jason Segel, James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller rejuvenated the franchise in 2011 with the splendidly entertaining The Muppets, yet the franchise was brought right back down to Earth three years later with the disappointment of Muppets Most Wanted. The Muppets franchise seems to be dead in the water over at Disney, but another Henson property is starting to gain steam in Hollywood.

Fraggle Rock was never as successful as Sesame Street or The Muppets, but it had a solid run in the mid 1980s. A film adaptation has been rumored for years and now, the production seems to be moving ahead with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Variety confirmed on Thursday that the project was brought to life with the help of Gordon-Levitt, and that the actor will star and produce the film with New Regency, Lisa Henson and The Henson Company. "The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on 'Sesame Street,' and then on 'Fraggle Rock,'" said Gordon-Levitt. His excitement makes me very intrigued by this project, simply because I feel that whenever a star is really passionate about the source material, the film works better (ex: The Muppets). No word on when Fraggle Rock will enter production, but I don't think we'll hear much more about this project for quite some time. Gordon-Levitt has a very busy 2015 ahead (The Walk, Snowden, and Seth Rogen's Christmas movie) so I doubt he'll get to work on this one until 2016.


Image Credits: Muppet Central

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