‘Muppets Live Another Day’ Disney+ Series Set in 1984 Abandoned Over Creative Differences

     September 10, 2019

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Welp, it’s really not easy being green. Plans for another Muppets-centric series for Disney+, Muppets Live Another Day, have been abandoned. The trio behind development on the series included Josh Gad as well as ABC’s Once Upon a Time duo Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.

Variety‘s report from earlier this week indicate Gad, Horowitz, and Kitsis have called it quits on their Muppets Live Another Day project. The series had never been formally announced, unlike the Muppets Now short form series which is still moving forward after it was announced at the D23 Expo. The creative team chose to walk away from the project after “new leadership at Muppets Studios opted to take the series in a different direction,” according to Variety.

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The Wrap reported on the working Muppets Live Another Day synopsis, which would have no doubt been fun for longtime Muppets fans to indulge in. Per the outlet, the now-scrapped series would have been set in 1984 and would have followed Kermit the Frog reuniting with the rest of the Muppets to find a missing member of their team. Given the time period, it’s possible the series could have directly followed the events of The Muppets Take Manhattan, which was also released in 1984.

Gad released a lengthy statement on his departure from the project via his Instagram. The Frozen star stresses the split from Muppets Studios was amicable and that this project stalled out because of creative differences. Gad also confirmed the synopsis and intentions for Muppets Live Another Day (“It was going to be Muppets by way of Stranger Things and feel like a movie spread over 6-8 episodes”) as well as reflecting on his experience developing it with Horowitz and Kitsis:

Part of the joy for us, by placing the Muppets in the middle of the 1980’s, was to subvert and comment on our current love for all things nostalgia while at the same time allowing the characters to tell a story that would ultimately lead to and end in present-day, revealing some secrets along the way. It has been one of the great joys of all of our lives to write words for these iconic characters. We wish this franchise all the best and thank our partners at Disney+ and ABC Studios for the opportunity to develop something so fun and outside the box. They have been nothing but supportive and terrific and we can’t wait to play again in other sandboxes. While it is sad, I have no doubt this franchise, under its new leadership, will find new and wonderful stories to tell.

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Misinformation is my least favorite kind of information so I thought I’d take a minute to clarify some news that broke today. After a little over a year and a half of working on a project called “Muppets Live Another Day,” @adamhorowitzla #eddykitsis and I have decided, with a heavy heart, to walk away. Some times creative differences are just that. The project, with original songs by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Lopez was to be directed by the great Jason Moore, (director of “Avenue Q” and “Pitch Perfect”). It was meant to be a limited event series that picked up a year after “Muppets Take Manhattan” and was essentially about what happens after you’ve reached the end of the rainbow. It was going to be Muppets by way of Stranger Things and feel like a movie spread over 6-8 episodes. Part of the joy for us, by placing the Muppets in the middle of the 1980’s, was to subvert and comment on our current love for all things nostalgia while at the same time allowing the characters to tell a story that would ultimately lead to and end in present day, revealing some secrets along the way. It has been one of the great joys of all of our lives to write words for these iconic characters. We wish this franchise all the best and thank our partners at Disney+ and ABC Studios for the opportunity to develop something so fun and outside the box. They have been nothing but supportive and terrific and we can’t wait to play again in other sandboxes. While it is sad, I have no doubt this franchise, under its new leadership will find new and wonderful stories to tell. My only hope is that one day you can all hear the BRILLIANT music by Bobby and @kristenlopez5681 wrote for Kermit and company. The music is next level good. In the meantime, Adam, Eddy and I are already cooking up new fun ideas that we cannot wait to share. Until then, long live “The Muppets.” They have given us joy for over 40 years and I have no doubt they will continue to bring us joy for the next 40 years.

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It’s unclear at this point if the Muppets Live Another Day series will move forward in any capacity or if elements of it will be repurposed for another Muppets-focused series. For now, Muppets fans should take comfort in the fact that they’ll have Muppets Now to look forward to when Disney+ becomes available.

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