Disney has released a new trailer for director James Bobin‘s upcoming sequel Muppets Most Wanted. In the follow-up, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets confused with his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine. I really enjoyed 2011′s The Muppets, but almost everything I’m seeing from this sequel is doing nothing for me. It’s not a bad premise, and it’s amusing to see Constantine try to impersonate Kermit, but it’s still a fairly tired plot and there’s almost none of the irreverence or wackiness I’d expect to see from a Muppet movie. Here’s hoping it’s just a bad trailer and not a bad movie.
Hit the jump check out the new trailer and images, and find out about some of the cameos. The film stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21, 2014.
Disney has released the first poster for The Muppets sequel, Muppets Most Wanted. In the follow-up, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets confused with his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine. Ricky Gervais plays Constantine’s sidekick, Tina Fey plays a Russian prison guard, and Ty Burrell plays an Interpol agent. Considering how much I enjoyed The Muppets, I’m surprising lukewarm on the sequel. The first trailer didn’t do much for me, and this poster looks painfully bland. I’m not sure why Gervais and Fey are doing jazz hands, or why Constantine is doing a Dr. Evil impression. But the canted angle lets you know this movie will sure be wacky. The poster’s release signals that a new trailer will probably arrive soon, so hopefully it will be more encouraging than what we’ve seen so far.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. Muppets Most Wanted opens March 21, 2014.
Opening this weekend in limited release is director Jerusha Hess’ comedy Austenland. The film stars Keri Russell as a woman in her 30s who is so obsessed with the Pride and Prejudice character Mr. Darcy that no real-life man can compare, and her love life pays the toll. She decides to spend her life savings on a trip to a Jane Austen-themed resort in England. Once there, she quickly realizes that finding the perfect Regency-era gentleman may be much more of a challenge than she ever could have imagined. The film also stars Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, Rupert Vansittart, James Callis, and Bret McKenzie as the male love interest.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an extended video interview with McKenzie. During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about making Austenland, his Sundance experience, how it feels to be an Oscar winner (he won for writing a song for The Muppets movie), the upcoming Flight of the Conchords tour with Dave Chappelle, The Hobbit movies, what he collects, and more. In addition, McKenzie talked about Muppets Most Wanted, the songs, if he has seen a rough cut, his relationship with Disney, and future projects – revealing he’s writing a fairy tale comedy musical similar to Labyrinth. Hit the jump to watch.
One of the many films Disney promoted at D23 was director James Bobin’s sequel Muppets Most Wanted. In the follow-up, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit is mistaken for his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine. Ricky Gervais plays Constantine’s sidekick, Tina Fey plays a Russian prison guard, and Ty Burrell plays an Interpol agent. For more on the film, here’s the first teaser trailer and Dave’s recap of the D23 panel.
Shortly after the panel, I landed a video interview with producer Todd Lieberman. He talked about how the sequel came together, the writing process, the songs, Ricky Gervais’ past as a singer in the 1980s, the cameos, upcoming projects, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
At this weekend’s D23, I was able to get a few minutes with Ty Burrell on the red carpet. As a huge fan of Modern Family and The Muppets (he plays Jean Pierre Napoleon in the sequel, Muppets Most Wanted), it was cool to hear him talk about making the sequel and what it was like working with the Muppets for the first time. In addition, he talked about making Modern Family and how he’s still amazed at the quality of the scripts even as they enter the fifth season. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
We closed out our D23 experience with a presentation from Disney’s upcoming slate of live-action films. Yesterday’s animation panel – featuring looks the films of Disney/Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios and DisneyToon Studios - was a difficult one to top. We’ve already covered the superpowered side of things with our Marvel recap, so now we’ll move on to the live-action fairy tales, original sci-fi mysteries, puppet sequel capers and nature documentaries you’ve all been waiting for!
The second half of today’s presentation included advanced looks at Saving Mr. Banks, Into the Woods, Cinderella, Maleficent, Tomorrowland, Muppets Most Wanted and DisneyNature’s Bears. There was quite literally something for everyone in this batch of upcoming films. Hit the jump to read my recap and see which one(s) strikes your fancy!
Disney wrapped its live-action presentation at the D23 convention earlier today, and shortly after the panel ended the studio unveiled title treatments for some of its upcoming films. Briefly:
- Tomorrowland – Directed by Brad Bird and written by Bird and Damon Lindelof, this secretive film stars George Clooney as an unspecified inventor. Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, and Thomas Robinson also star, and the “action-packed adventure” hits theaters on December 12, 2014.
- Maleficent – A reimagining of the classic Sleeping Beauty story told from the villain’s point of view. Angelina Jolie stars as the title character for director Robert Stromberg. Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, and Sam Riley also star, and the film opens on July 2, 2014.
- Muppets Most Wanted – The James Bobin-directed sequel stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell and opens in theaters on March 21, 2014.
- Saving Mr. Banks – Director John Lee Hancock’s film tells the true story behind the making of Mary Poppins as Tom Hanks portrays Walt Disney and Emma Thompson plays Poppins author P.L. Travers. The film opens wide this coming December 20th.
Hit the jump to check out the logos and click here to catch up on all of our D23 coverage thus far.
While The Muppets was a hit with audiences when it was released in 2011 for a number of reasons, one of the highlights of the film was the collection of original songs that were showcased—particularly those penned by Flight of the Conchords‘ Bret McKenzie. The multi-talented writer, actor, and composer went on to win an Oscar for “Man or Muppet,” and he’s back penning even more songs for the James Bobin-directed follow-up Muppets Most Wanted.
Steve recently sat down with McKenzie in anticipation of the upcoming comedy Austenland, and during the course of their conversation McKenzie talked quite a bit about the Muppets sequel. He revealed that there will probably be six or seven songs in the finished film, Miss Piggy will sing a ballad, Ricky Gervais sings a song with Kermit, and he talked about how the film differs from its predecessor. Hit the jump to read on.
Disney has released the first teaser trailer and some new images for director James Bobin’s sequel Muppets Most Wanted. In the follow-up, the gang is on a successful tour in Europe but gets into trouble when Kermit gets confused with his jewel-heisting doppelganger, Constantine. Ricky Gervais plays Constantine’s sidekick, Tina Fey plays a Russian prison guard, and Ty Burrell plays an Interpol agent. This first teaser trailer appears to be geared towards very young audiences, and thus could easily be mistaken for one of those Chipmunks movies if it weren’t for the, you know, muppets. We don’t get to see much of Gervais’ performances, but from the brief glimpses it looks like Fey and Burrell will be scene-stealers here. The majority of the creative team behind the first film is back, including Bobin as director and co-writer and Nicholas Stoller as the screenwriter, so here’s hoping they strike a similar tone as well.
Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer and to check out the new images. Muppets Most Wanted opens on March 21, 2014.
Disney has announced a slew of release date debuts and shifts, along with a title for the Muppets sequel. Briefly:
- Two new untitled Marvel films have been set for release on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner has been set for release on October 10, 2014.
- The star-studded musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, will open on December 25, 2014.
- The Muppets sequel has been titled Muppets Most Wanted.
- The bestseller adaptation The Hundred-Foot Journey, produced by Oprah Winfrey, opens on August 8, 2014.
- A presumed animated sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue will hit theaters on July 18, 2014 in 3D.
- Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, now opens in limited release on December 13th before expanding wide on December 20th.
- Director Brad Bird’s mysterious new film Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, has been moved up to December 12, 2014 from its previously announced December 19th date.
Hit the jump for more on Marvel’s newly announced projects.