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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:35 am 
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James Bobin to direct Muppet movie
'Conchords' co-creator chose pic over 'Bridesmaids'
By MARC GRASER

The next Muppet movie will sing with "Flight of the Conchords" co-creator James Bobin at the helm.

Bobin chose the pic over "Bridesmaids," a Judd Apatow-produced comedy in development at Universal.

Disney has long been looking to get another installment of the Muppet franchise on the bigscreen and sparked to a script by Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller.

Mandeville's David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce.

The plot is being kept under wraps, but "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller had also been considered to direct.

Property is expected to be one of the first to get the greenlight under Rich Ross and production prexy Sean Bailey. The Muppets brand fits in well with the studio's mandate to produce more Disney-branded fare that can be exploited across various company divisions.

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:yay: James and the Muppets! :yay:


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 Post subject: Re: James Bobin
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I guess this was written before the James made his final decision, but I like the picture and the writer's sense of humor.

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Vulture Exclusive: Flight of the Conchords Co-Creator May Direct the New Muppet Movie

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The Flight of the Conchords may be permanently grounded at HBO, but one of its guiding forces may soon help the Muppets take flight. Vulture has learned that James Bobin, who co-created the critically praised, ratings-challenged, and now-defunct cable show, is being offered the director's chair today on Walt Disney Pictures’ next Muppet movie. A Disney insider tells Vulture that while no deal has been finalized, "the movie is James' to direct — if he wants it." Neither the studio nor Bobin's reps at Creative Artists would comment, but involved sources say that the plan is to put the film into production by late summer.

However, complicating matters is that Bobin has a second offer coming in today: He’s being wooed by Universal to direct Bridesmaids, a Judd Apatow comedy co-written by Saturday Night Live’s Kristen Wiig about two women battling to plan their friend’s wedding party. While it would seem that a guy associated with a song entitled, “Too Many Dicks (on the Dance Floor)” would gravitate toward an Apatow raunchfest, a home run with the fun-for-all-ages Muppets has the potential to be a much bigger hit and career boost for a director who has largely dealt in niche favorites.

And it’s not like he’d be dealing solely in kiddie humor. The original Muppet Show was envisioned by Jim Henson as an adult show that was suitable for kids, and Bobin's hiring is in keeping with that ethic; he was also a writer on Da Ali G Show. The script, intended to revitalize the franchise, was co-written by known puppetphile Jason Segel and his Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller. (Perhaps the new Muppet movie will begin with five minutes of full-frontal Gonzo nudity?) Stoller was originally supposed to direct the Muppet movie, but he was too busy doing postproduction on the Russell Brand Marshall spinoff, Get Him to the Greek, as well as prepping to direct a new Zac Efron movie at Warner Bros.

So, pop quiz: Who would win in a fight between the Conchords' Rhymenocerous and the Muppets' Miss Piggy?

Trick question! The correct answer is: The American moviegoing public.


Read more: Vulture Exclusive: Flight of the Conchords Co-Creator May Direct the New Muppet Movie -- Vulture http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/20 ... z0e4T9JexE


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 Post subject: Re: James Bobin
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How great for James - that's wonderful! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: James Bobin
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:thumb: good for him and better for us!!


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When I first read this thread I misunderstood and thought JB had chosen Bridesmaids over the Muppets and I was deeply disappointed. JB and the Muppets seem a natural match. :thumb: Yes good for JB and even better for us! :clap:


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I am very excited for this!! :D So is Jake!

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Yay, he did decide to do it. Let's hope this one is better than Muppets in Space.


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I sure hope Animal and the Swedish Chef get a lot of screen time :popcorn:

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*A La Animal* SCREEN TIME, SCREEN TIME!!!

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When I first read this thread I misunderstood and thought JB had chosen Bridesmaids over the Muppets and I was deeply disappointed. JB and the Muppets seem a natural match. :thumb: Yes good for JB and even better for us! :clap:


So did I!

Yay, Muppets will be even better now :)

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Reminds me of that joke...what do Swedish people call the Swedish Chef? The Norwegian Chef!

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First Image from THE GREATEST MUPPET MOVIE EVER MADE in High-Resolution
by Matt Goldberg Posted:November 12th, 2010 at 11:38 am

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Earlier this week, we brought you’re a low-resolution scan from Entertainment Weekly that provided the first look at Jason Segel and the Muppets in the tentatively-titled The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. We now have an updated and high-resolution version of that image. The new image includes director James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords), co-writer Nick Stoller, and musician/actor Bret McKenzie.

Hit the jump to check out an image of Muppet mayhem. The film, which will also star Jack Black, Donald Glover, Jane Lynch, Danny Trejo, Eric Stonestreet, John Krasinski, Ed Helms, Lady Gaga, and Paul Rudd, is set to open on December 25, 2011.

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DISNEY THE MUPPETS – FORGETTING MISS PIGGY? FUHGEDDABOUDIT! – There better not be creative differences when Miss Piggy is around. Just ask the team behind the new Disney Muppet movie, Jason Segel, James Bobin, Nick Stoller and Bret McKenzie joined here by Kermit the Frog, his new co-star Walter and the usual suspects at their first table read.

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I am pleasantly surprised to find Bret named as one of the team behind the movie! :D I wonder how far his involvement goes? I had only heard that he had written a song. Woohoo! How exciting. :yay:

A whole year away though. :) So many hilarious actors that I adore! I read the plot synopsis in Entertainment Weekly. The story sounds so fun. Walter (the adorable Muppet guy holding the iPhone) is Jason Segel's best friend and roommate. They are die-hard Muppet fans... "Walter is the kind of guy who faints when he sees Kermit" :roll2: His dream is to meet the Muppets and be around people who are like him. They find out that the Muppet Theater is in danger of being torn down, and they try to pull together the whole Muppet gang to put on a show to save it! :D

Here's the pic that was in EW, only it's big. Covers two full pages...but no Bret. The article also mentions that Amy Adams and Chris Cooper will costar along with all the assortment of celebs listed above in surprise cameos. Whoa, has Chris Cooper done light comedy before? :hrm:

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They had to move the chicken to make room for Bret. :lol:

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Very cool! 4ever told me about the EW article but it's nice seeing the whole picture. I wish more of you lived out here. I heard they were filming in Pasadena yesterday.

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I saw that EW article too, good to see they made way for James and Bret. ;) Yes, I'm so glad Bret has been named as someone working on the movie so he probably does have quite a major role as a composer (how cool would it be if we actually see him on screen too!).

Ooh, I have a friend living in Pasadena! I'll definitely give her a heads up. :)

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