Disney has announced a new Muppets movie – the first for almost a decade. Details of the new production, announced by Variety on Wednesday, are scant, but the men taking on the mantle of the Muppets creator, the late Jim Henson, are writer Jason Segel and director Nick Stoller.
Segel is also an actor, and is the star of the latest Judd Apatow film Forgetting Sarah Marshall which will be released in the United States in April and co-stars British comedian Russell Brand. According to Variety, the film led Segel to his latest project with Disney. In Sarah Marshall Segel’s character writes a Dracula musical performed by puppets – created for the film by Henson puppeteers. The experience inspired him to pitch his concept for a Muppets movie to Disney executive Kristin Burr. Burr is said to have given Segel a deal on the spot.
Segel is not the first Apatow protege to go on to a lucrative Hollywood career. The male lead of last year’s comedy hit Knocked Up, Seth Rogen, went on to write and star in the cult hit Superbad.