The first photo has arrived from the set of The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. Jason Segel is starring in the film and also co-wrote the script with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller, who also wrote and directed Get Him to the Greek. The photo, obtained by Entertainment Weekly, shows Segel and his Muppet friends in the old TV studio that they must use to put on a show together and save it from destruction by the villain Tex Richman, reportedly being played by Chris Cooper.
Also in the photo is the first look at a new Muppet, Walter, holding up an iPhone to the camera. This would continue the tradition of Jason Segel having an iPhone in almost every movie or show that he’s a part of. For the first images, the synopsis, quotes about the film, more info on Walter, and why The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made could in fact be The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made, hit the jump.
According to Segel, the crew have “worked really hard to stay true to the original story of the Muppets.” James Bobin, the director of the film, explains that “it’s a very traditional Muppet-y story.” In addition, Segel says the new Muppet, Walter, dreams to “meet the Muppets and the people who are like him.” Bobin also says that “Walter is the kind of guy who faints when he sees Kermit.”
Recently, Zach Galifianakis has been reported to join the cast, along with Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, and Rashida Jones, set to play the love interest, the villain, and the ABC executive, respectively. To see how they all fit together, here’s the synopsis.
“The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made 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, 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.”
With Pixar being consulted for the Disney production, and James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords) directing, it’s hard to not be excited for this film. And although I’ve never seen a Muppet movie since I was old enough to comprehend movies, Jason Segel’s happy looking nice-guy face in the photo is enough to sell me the movie right there. I’m a huge fan of Segel’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and his involvement in any project (I Love You, Man and How I Met Your Mother) is always great. Bobin’s directing and writing of what I consider to be one of the best comedy shows of all time, Flight of the Conchords, is always outstanding. Also, the fact that Pixar was consulted on this film is the icing on the cake that is, hopefully, The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made.
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