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Confirmed: Jason Segel Bows out of "The Muppets" Sequel

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by a_Mickey_Muppet, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

  2. LouisTheOtter

    LouisTheOtter Well-Known Member

    That's a shame. I know he loves the Muppets so he wouldn't have made those comments lightly (although, as Jason so often does, he tried to keep the mood at least semi-light).

    But he's right - the most important thing is that the Muppets are back in the public eye and will be taken seriously as an entertainment franchise again.

    Thank you, Jason Segel, for investing five years of your life to return Kermit and his friends to the big screen and to begin a wonderful new chapter in the legacy of Jim Henson. All the very best to you as you take on new projects, and hopefully you can come back to the Muppet family someday (even in a producing/contributing role).
  3. kyunkyua

    kyunkyua Active Member

    Aw, I'm gonna miss the guy. But I know things will be great from this point onwards. Thanks for getting the ball rollin', Jason!
    Muppet fan 123 likes this.
  4. MWoO

    MWoO Active Member

    I'm glad he won't be in it as an actor, though he might still be a small cameo. I like him in this movie but I don't want a rehash of the first film and his story was told. I will miss
    Him as a writer though.

    I worry when the next movie is referred to a sequel. I hope that isn't what they have planned. I want another movie of course, just not a sequel. I think a western would be an interesting idea. Not a retelling, but a new western musical Where Kermit is the newsherif in town, fozzie runs the saloon, pops is the old prospector, and miss piggy works the stage as a French entertainer. It's seems like it would just fit.
  5. Slackbot

    Slackbot Well-Known Member

    The title of this thread is pretty harsh. It makes it sound as if Jason's sick of them, doesn't want anything to do with them, rather than simply moving on with his career. According to the article, that is not the case:
  6. Borples

    Borples Active Member

    I'm actually glad he's not planning on being in it. I love Jason forever for what he did for the Muppets, and I love the movie he made. But the next one needs to be something different. It's for the best if Gary was a one-movie character. I'm happy that he wanted to move on. I'd hate it if we all got sick of him after three movies or something. :)

    As for writing...this could be good? I'm glad Nick Stoller and James Bobin are still on board (is Bobin involved in writing this time? Why am I asking; it's too early for details, isn't it? But does he write?). But I hope they also bring in a veteran Muppet writer or maybe somebody with an entirely new voice. And entirely new voice with a thorough, complete and loving understanding of the Muppets, that is. I think a writer half-shakeup could be a good thing. The next movie shouldn't be as nostalgia-driven or stuck in the TMS era.
    Nasubionna likes this.
  7. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Actually I'm still trying to figure out if that was the TMS era. The entire movie had this '80s feel that was nice but completely out of place for The Muppet Show, lol.
  8. Borples

    Borples Active Member

    You're right! I think Segel and I must be around the same age. *checks* Yeah, he's a little younger (how depressing), but close enough. We both grew up watching TMS reruns in the 80s.

    I meant the TMS era Muppets, though. So much has happened in the Muppet world since then. Of course, like everyone, I was thrilled to see The Muppet Show back, if only for one part of one movie. Can't have everything, I guess. Movie running times are limited. Boy, do I want a new Muppet tv show. *dreams*
  9. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Huh, I hadn't thought of that, lol.

    Yeah but some of us would like to pretend that wasn't the case, hehe.
  10. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

  11. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    That's understandable. But it really is thanks to him that The Muppets are back. If it wasn't for his love for them like all of us are who knows where The Muppets would be now. Prob still just doing small things like for the internet or TV. Although bringing back The Muppet Show wouldn't be so bad!!! :D
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Like I said before, who says that a Muppet veteran didn't help shape the script? We all know what changes were made by now, and I guess we can thank them for it. it made the movie better than what it could have been (nonstop references to them being puppets for one). There's no doubt that they'd shape the script this time to polish it up. Maybe Kirk Tatcher and Jim Lewis will suggest some more Pepe and Rizzo sequences this next time.

    I'm sure there will be some nostalgic angle, but I'm hoping they drop some of the TMS tie ins and go for a much more ambitious plotline. The whole bringing the gang back together serves as such a nice springboard for who knows what. The possibilities are endless.
  13. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    Whatever this movie is - it's gotta be a big adventure in the vein of Caper. What I'v wanted for years is for them to do that It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World remake - with the Muppets. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Muppet World. Send them on a huge trip around the world.
    Pinkflower7783 likes this.
  14. zoebell

    zoebell Active Member

    that's an interesting idea! i like that
  15. GonzoLover85

    GonzoLover85 Member

    I'm still hopeful for the "cheapest muppet movie ever made" story-line. With Gonzo in the director's chair...
  16. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    Just knowing there's gonna be another movie is good enough for me. I'll worry about the plot later. LOL!
  17. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    Whatever this movie is, it definitely needs one thing: a LOT more Gonzo. Dave Goelz has been performing Gonzo now than any Muppeteer has with another character, and he's still kicking. Gonzo needs a really fun, WEIRD storyline for this next one.
  18. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    That would be great but I have a feeling Kermit is still gonna be the main star. :/
    gonzosgirl1987 likes this.
  19. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    Doesn't mean Gonzo can't have a bigger part than in The Muppets, where I don't think he had more than a few lines of dialogue.
  20. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    I'm not saying that, I love Gonzo and think he's a great character but when it comes down to it you know that Kermit is gonna have most of the dialouge. Because well Kermit is the star. :/ I think Muppets in Space was where Gonzo was more of the star and Kermit was more of a costar so maybe they'll do something more like that in a DVD release or something.

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