Mr. T has his own improvement television show and Fraggles are coming to the big screen. It's been a great week for beloved 80s icons!
Variety is reporting that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed on to both produce and star in a big screen version of Jim Henson's "Fraggle Rock." The series, which involved some sophisticated puppetry, revolved about some cave-dwelling creatures called Fraggles and their interactions with Doozers, Gorgs, and most bizarre of all: humans. A film adaptation was rumored for several years now, but it appears that Gordon-Levitt's involvement has finally set the project in motion.
"The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on ‘Sesame Street,’ and then on ‘Fraggle Rock,'" Gordon-Levitt said in a statement. "Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood. Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved. I’m grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project."
So what will this "Fraggle Rock" movie look like? I did a bit of digging online and found someone who had reviewed a first draft of a 2009 screenplay by writer Cory Edwards ("Hoodwinked!, "Escape from Planet Earth"). The plot revolved around the five main Fraggles (Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober and Red) searching for their famous Uncle Traveling Map in Outer Space. For those not familiar with the series, Outer Space refers to the land of the humans. How does Gordon-Levitt fit into all this? According to this draft, he'll likely play the grandson of Doc the inventor, who lives above the Fraggles.
"I’m a little torn on how I feel about Randy though," writes Joe Hennes in his review. "If he’s performed well, he could be tolerable, but there’s a lot of potential for corniness and irritation. He also sings a couple songs with the Fraggles throughout the movie, so it will be a challenge to portray that without looking ridiculous."
Can Joesph Gordon-Levitt sing? Take it away, Kermit...
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