First time I wrote about the possibility of a “Fraggle Rock” movie was two years later The Weinstein Co. picked up the rights to the live-action musical feature and brought on Hoodwinked director Cory Edwards to write and direct. Once again, nothing came of it.
Now, here we are, seven years later and we are talking about the Fraggles yet again as it seems they just won’t go away. This time around it’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt on board to produce and star in the live-action “Fraggle Rock” movie for New Regency, The Henson Co. and Lisa Henson. The attachment of an actual star certainly gives the project far more life than either of the previous iterations.
“The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on ‘Sesame Street,’ and then on ‘Fraggle Rock,'” Gordon-Levitt told Variety. “Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood. Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved. I’m grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project.”
The plans for the original film were to find Fraggle characters Gobo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red on an adventure outside of Fraggle Rock where they would interact with the strange beings in “outer space” (also known as humans). That was a vague enough description it seems safe enough to say this iteration will likely follow a similar storyline.
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