Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BREAKING: Disney Planning Muppet Reboot for Streaming Service!

OK, you read the headline, now take a deep breadth, because we don't know much more them that. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter Disney is planning to add many new series and movies based on their vast library to their still unnamed streaming service.

They spoke with head of OTT (over-the-top) programming chief Agnes Chew, who envisions the new service a direct competitor to Netflix. The platform "will be a home for family-friendly fare including Marvel feature films and such TV series as a live-action Star Wars (with multiple variations already in the works, per CEO Bob Iger) and, sources tell THR, a reboot of The Muppets."

Here's when it gets interesting:

"Disney acquired The Muppets Studio in 2004 and most recently attempted to revive Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and company on the small screen with a critically panned ABC comedy that was canceled after one season in 2016. A search for a writer for the new take is underway."

Also poised to be part of the TV slate, according to Iger, are reboots of star-maker High School Musical and a series based on Pixar's Monsters, Inc. A TV version of The Mighty Ducks, from the trilogy's original screenwriter, is also considered likely to land on the platform, sources say."
Notice how it doesn't say The Muppet Show. It simply "says a reboot of The Muppets."

Then they go on to say how critically panned that last show was and that
 the search for a writer for "the new take is underway."

That COULD mean a continuation of the ABC series, but since it says they're looking for a "new take", it's more likely it will be an entirely new series.

Maybe they could use some of the sets (Rowlf's Tavern and Offices) and ideas (putting on a show), from ABC's The Muppets, but fill it with less cynicism and more crazy skits, sketches, and characters, like it did later on in it's run.

The only thing we do know is that it's part of the TV side of the platform, and they're aren't any plans to make exclusive Muppet movies for the service yet.

Other than 2019, Disney still has yet to finalize a launch date for name for the service, but it's good know they're actively looking to bring The Muppets along for the ride. 

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