80s TV fave getting the movie treatment
Remember that crazy dream you had? Yeah, the one where you woke up sweating more than Mel Gibson at a Weinstein film launch….. Well, seems there was something to it.
A “Fraggle Rock” movie is indeed in the works – oh, but no, Ben Affleck’s not voicing Sprocket, that was just part of your fucked up nightmare – the Jim Henson company confirmed today.
The tardy film version of the 1980s series was made today by Lisa Henson who serves as co-CEO of The Jim Henson Company with her brother Brian Henson.
The untitled film – may I suggest “Fraggle Reloaded”? – will for the first time take Gobo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red on an adventure outside of Fraggle Rock where they will interact with the strange beings in “outer space” (also known as humans). The treatment is being written by author Ahmet Zappa (The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless) who will also executive produce the project with Brian Henson and Jason Lust. Lisa Henson will produce.
Lisa Henson said, “‘Fraggle Rock’ has remained a favorite project at our Company and has certainly continued to be loved by its many devoted fans, so we are thrilled to begin work on this project. With its message of celebrating diversity and its ambitious goal of promoting world peace, now is the perfect time to embark on a new Fraggle adventure.”
“I’m very excited to be working with The Jim Henson Company on this project,” said Ahmet Zappa. “So much of my childhood was spent watching ‘Fraggle Rock’ … I never missed an episode! I’m also really looking forward to using music to tell the story; it played such a central role in the original series and truly helped create the ‘Fraggle Rock’ that we know and love today.”
Be interested to see how this one goes – after all, much of the audience who watched “Fraggle Rock” and now all grown-up with young Fraggles of their own.