Have you ever wanted to watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt to sing and dance with a host of Jim Henson creations? Because if that was some weird dream of yours, you hit the nail right on the head, and could probably be a studio executive with that kind of mind.
Variety reported on Thursday that Gordon-Levitt will produce and star in a live-action Fraggle Rock movie. The site adds that the bigscreen adaptation of the musical puppet series created by the late Jim Henson has been in the works for nearly a decade, but the attachment of Gordon-Levitt constitutes a major boost.
Fraggle Rock debuted on TV in 1983 as a co-production by British TV company Television South, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., HBO and Henson Associates. It centered on the adventures of cave-dwelling creatures called Fraggles who have to deal with the industrious Doozers and furry giants called Gorgs.
Henson’s oldest son, Brian, told Variety last year that development on Fraggle Rock was underway and that it “might go faster because it’s not as big an undertaking.” That speed must have come with a big name star attaching himself to the project.
Back in 2008, the Weinstein Co. were attached to help finance the project with Hoodwinked! director Cory Edwards attached to direct the film with his co-writer Tony Leech. It seems like now New Regency, The Henson Co. and Lisa Henson will be financing it.
Gordon-Levitt has a busy year ahead of him as the actor is set to appear in director Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk as Philippe Petit and Oliver Stone’s Snowden as Edward Snowden later this year. He also is re-teaming with 50/50 co-star Seth Rogen on an untitled Christmas film that will also star Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan, and Jillian Bell.