Ready for another Muppets movie? Us, too! “The Muppets … Again” is set to hit theaters March 21, 2014 (an eternity away!). But at least we’ll start getting snippets of info and images, including the ones in this story.
The film is directed by James Bobin (“Flight of the Conchords,” “Da Ali G Show”) and produced by the Oscar-nominated team of David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (“The Fighter,” “The Proposal”) with tunes by Kiwi Bret McKenzie (“Flight of the Conchords”). Go big or go home, say the Muppets.
“It’s great to be back working with the Muppets,” said Bobin in a press release. “Some of them even remember my name occasionally now. As for the movie, it’s a tip of the hat to the old-school crime capers of the ’60s, but featuring a frog, a pig, a bear and a dog — no panthers, even pink ones — along with the usual Muppet-y mix of mayhem, music and laughs.”
Kermit the Frog added, “This movie takes us places we’ve never been before. And trust me — this frog has never seen so much international flavor. I think audiences will eat it up — the entertainment, that is.”
Kermit recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk a bit about the story
“The idea of this film is that our gang is on this global tour, and we’re selling out these grand theaters all over Europe — in Berlin, Madrid, London — but we sort of get into a little bit of trouble when we run across my doppleganger,” he says.
“He’s the world’s number one criminal, Constantine, and he happens to look an awful lot like me. I won’t tell you any more than that, but let’s just say mayhem ensues.”
Let the wacky hijinks ensue, we say. Walter — from the 2011 movie — will return, but his brother Gary (Jason Segel) will not. Instead, the gang will have a bunch of new people to interact with, including Constantine’s “dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two” (Ricky Gervais), feisty Russian prison guard Nadya (Tina Fey), and lazy French Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell).
Ray Liotta is also expected to make an appearance, and Christoph Waltz, originally set to play the Interpol agent, may make a cameo. Look for a slew of other A-list starts to make cameos, as well.
Here’s a couple of photos. The first comes from Gervais’ Twitter account, and shows him getting cozy with Miss Piggy and Kermit (or could that be Kermit’s villainous lookalike Constantine?). The second features the entire gang, plus director Bobin, sprawled out across a London train station.