Disney has announced plans for a sequel to last year’s fairly successful relaunch film The Muppets but today we learn that Jason Segel, the man largely responsible for bringing The Muppets back to theaters, will NOT be involved in any way with the new film. Segel himself has confirmed that he will not be returning for Muppets 2 but he says that it is an amicable split … which I’m not entirely sure I believe. But … nonetheless we will be getting more Muppets and less Jason Segel.
Though a sequel for The Muppets has been greenlit, one star who was integral to bringing the franchise into the new millennium won’t be a part of it, reports Collider. Jason Segel told the site he won’t be signing up for another round with Kermit and Co. “It’s true [that I won't be in the seque],” said Segel, “but it’s totally amicable. My goal was to bring the Muppets back and I did that, leaving them in very good hands.”
Segel said he wants “to pursue more human-related projects,” adding, “All I wanted to do was to set the stage for them to do whatever they wanted. I’m sure I’ll return in some capacity here and there, but that was half a decade of my life. Five years of hard work. I’m ready for a little puppet break.”
HMMM. We know by now that Jason Segel is such a huge Muppets fan that I’m having a hard time believing that he is not bummed by getting cut out of the next Muppets film. But, in show business … you have to swallow a lot of crap and smile thru the tears. I honestly believe that Jason is not happy that he has been cut from the next Muppets film but as a professional, he’s not going to say a disparaging word. I, personally, wasn’t really impressed with Segel‘s performance in The Muppets (in fact, I felt his inclusion was the weakest part of the movie) BUT I give him major credit for reviving the Muppets and bringing them back to movie theaters. His work was a labor of love. I think it’s kinda crappy that he isn’t being included in the next film but … I guess that’s the way the cookie crumbles. What do y’all think? Are you bummed (or happy) that Jason Segel won’t be coming back for Muppets 2?