Jason Segel Won’t Co-Write THE MUPPETS Sequel

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Pre-production is moving forward on a sequel to The Muppets (cue Kermit’s “Yaaaay!”), but Jason Segel won’t be attached as a writer this time around.  According to Vulture, director James Bobin and original co-write Nicholas Stoller will handle the script for the sequel.  However, Segel won’t have time to work on the screenplay due to his commitments to How I Met Your Mother, his burgeoning film career, and doing publicity for the upcoming comedies The Five-Year Engagement and This Is Forty.  It’s a bit of a bummer since he and Stoller were so gung-ho on getting the Muppets back to the big screen, but there’s still a chance he could star in the sequel if the script has a place for him.

One of the great things about The Muppets is that Segel didn’t make the movie all about his character.  Gary’s got a character arc, but the film really belongs to Walter and Kermit.  While I have nothing against Segel, I can see a Muppets sequel without Gary.  Now on the other hand, if Bret McKenzie doesn’t come back to do the music, then I’ll be concerned.




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  • Steve Rudzinski

    I would have much preferred him writing than acting in. Just in the sense that his character doesn’t need to be in the sequel, but he clearly loves and understands Henson’s concept of the Muppets.

  • Caleb The Awesome

    I say bring them back to TV first.

  • dexter

    Please make sure neither Segel nor Walter are in the sequel. Thanks. Also, what was with the lame, wasted cameos? Donald Glover? Sarah Silverman? Did they do anything? I forget.

    • T. Van

      Now that you mention it, maybe Stoller (and the producers) should be a little more ambitious with the cameos, this time around. Perhaps they could have the Muppets interact with other (but older) classic children’s characters like Howdy Doody and Bozo the Clown.

      If they have real human cameos, they may be best-served by going with the younger celebrities who reasonate with a younger demographic. That is, unless they have something like Dean Kamen building a robot with Beaker & Dr. Honeydew or Animal wrestling with George Steele…

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  • Cagney

    Whatever! Nobody wants that guy back anyways! Have you heard the stories about that guy? Check out this vlog me and my buddy Drew with the REAL behind-the-scenes details of “The Muppets!”

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