The Muppets may have been one of the best movies of 2011. It was pure happy. If you didn’t walk out of the theater with a smile on your face then I’m sorry but I’m not your friend.
Deals have been reached with director James Bobin and co-writer Nicholas Stoller to return for the sequel, but Jason Segel has not signed on yet to co-write with Stoller again. Now now, it’s not what you’re thinking. Segel didn’t get a huge ego and ask for 70-bazillion dollars. He pretty much doesn’t have any time.
His commitments are to How I Met Your Mother and other films, so he may not have time to be involved in the pre-production (read: scriptwriting) this time around. He still should be able to star in the film, hopefully, which is great news by itself. It’s sad he won’t be writing though, because he has a lot of passion for the subject matter. He and Stoller pitched the movie to Disney in 2008, just before he broke it big in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which involved muppet-like puppets.
All Disney now has to do is re-sign Bret McKenzie to write some songs. If not, well, shame on you Disney for letting all this talent go to waste. [Vulture]