I was a little too old to appreciate “Fraggle Rock” when it hit the airways, but I do remember watching it with my younger brother occasionally, and thinking how well done it was. And as a big fan of “The Muppet Show” when I was in my younger years, it was great to see ‘Skeeter’ back on the tube!
The Weinstein Company, as you’ve probably heard, are working on a feature film version of the series. And you’d think Bob and Harvey would want to produce something in the vein of the series, right? Light, fluffy, and funny adventure flick for kids, right?
A few weeks back, the film’s writer/director Corey Edwards let rip on his blog, remarking that The Weinstein’s didn’t like his script because it wasn’t “edgy” enough. And as a consequence, Edwards said someone else had been brought in to rewrite his script.
Edwards spoke to You Bent My Wookie this week, and mentioned that his online whinge caught the attention of the powers-that-be. As a consequence, the producers are being more receptive to his suggestions for the film – but that doesn’t mean they still don’t want it to be, er, ‘edgy’.
Edwards, who is still currently attached to direct the film, says: “Since then, I’ve been able to sit down with Weinstein’s new VP of Development and really talk about their issues with the movie. We’ve had some very good conversations about what they think “edgy” is and what I think “edgy” is. We got down to the philosophies of why to even make a Fraggle movie in the first place. And I think they’ve been able to qualify their word “edgy” with the word “older.” They want this movie to connect with an older, more sophisticated audience. I want to help them figure out what that means so that we are both happy. But right now it’s up to the studio to decide what they really want and how they’re going to move forward.”
I’m as confused as Edwards is by the Weinstein’s stratagem to make, what’s in essence, a ‘Muppet’ movie for “older” people” – I mean, this shouldn’t be “Where the Wild Things Are” and, for that matter, it shouldn’t be “Labyrinth”. If anything, “Fraggle Rock” should be aiming for the eight and nine-year-old’s – not the weary, alcoholic 35-year-old who spends his nights scrubbing dishes and changing nappies (oh wait, that’s me). But you know what I mean.
In the interview with YBMW, Edwards discusses his casting ideas for ‘Doc’ (the older gentleman that lives, with his dog ‘Sprocket’, above the ‘Fraggles’), which characters do and do not appear in his script, and who has to approve of the script before the film can go forward.