Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Update on the Fraggle Rock Movie

In a round of recent interview, Brian Henson (co-CEO of the Jim Henson Company) gave some more insight to the upcoming Fraggle Rock movie (which was announced back in September). Henson said “Yes, we are writing a Fraggle Rock movie and trying to pull it together.”

Although the film will be coming, is still in very early stages and fans should not expect to see anything until 2007 or 2008 (at the earliest). Brian said that the project is the Company's number two priority right now (behind "Power of the Dark Crystal"), and the pre-planning and script writing is just getting started.

Henson also said that fans should expect the movie to be something more of a "revisiting" of the classic characters, rather than a straightforward continuation of the series. All the characters we all have come to know and love will be there -- but the film will not necessarily fit the exact timeline or cannon that the series created. Plus the world will be updated by almost 25-years since the last time we saw the Fraggles, but the characters and relationships will remain somewhat timeless and unchanged. Henson indicated the plan is "to do something that sort of stands next to the Fraggle Rock series rather than be a continuation of the show." It has also been stated that much of the original performers will return to bring the magic of the classic characters to the screen. According to many trade reports, Brian may direct the Fraggle film (however any final cast or crew has not to be confirmed or announced).

Brian stated in one report that "I think we announced that we’re trying to develop a Fraggle Rock movie a little bit early...But yes, we’re working on a Fraggle Rock film." As always, I'll keep you posted as more develops on this upcoming project.

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