A ‘Fraggle Rock’ Movie Is In The Works


In the wake of the successful reboot of The Muppets movie last year, it would seem that Hollywood has set its sights on another Henson puppets TV series to adapt for the big screen. Today we learn that plans are in the works for a Fraggle Rock movie. At this point, the studio has only hired writers to pen the film but it sounds like plans are seriously in the works to bring the Fraggles to movie theaters sometime soon. Is this great news … or, a really, really bad idea?

Rango co-writer Jim Byrkit and Alex Manugian have been happed to pen the script for Fraggle Rock, New Regency’s big-screen adaptation of the 1980s musical puppet series created by Jim Henson. Initially a Canadian series that became a hit internationally (in the U.S. it played on HBO), Rock told the adventures of a group of cave-dwelling puppet creatures called Fraggles. In their lives are a race of small industrious creatures named Doozers, who live in the caves, and the Gorgs, furry giants who look at Fraggles as nuisances. A feature has long been in the works at other companies with the property being set up at New Regency in 2011. The Jim Henson Co. and the Montecito Picture Co. are producing.

I’m not really sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, the nostalgic part of me really yearns for this to be a great movie … one that will fortify my childhood love for Fraggle Rock. On the other hand, I fear the movie may turn out to be like the pretty bad Smurfs film that came out last year. I really don’t want to see the Fraggles struggling with the modern world in an attempted humorous way. If handled properly, this Fraggle Rock movie could be amazingly awesome. My fear, tho, is that it may not be handled properly because Hollywood doesn’t always do a great job adapting TV shows for TV (for example, Dark Shadows). I dunno … I’m kinda happy, deffo worried about this. How about you?


  • I think that this is one that should be left alone. It was an amazing series when Henson was at the helm. I have not seen the Muppets movie that came out last fall but idk about messing with iconic characters like this. I was horrified at what was done to the Smurfs (never saw the movie only going by trailers and commercials) and it ruined my childhood vision of them. If Henson were still alive I’d be all for a Fraggle Rock movie, but not now.

    • Krissy

      I agree, Joanna. If Jim Henson were involved, then yes. I also completely agree with Trent when he says he doesn’t want to see them struggle with the modern world (hello, that is what Uncle Traveling Matt was for!). If they do this, they NEED to keep it in the cave or by the Trash Heap!

  • Samantha

    Hey, Trent!

    Kinda off topic, but in this post you mention Dark Shadows, which got me to wondering, “Where is the PITNB review of Dark Shadows?”

    Did you see it yet, and if so, what did you think?


  • Michele W

    I loved the fraggle rock show when I was a kid! I was so excited when I saw that they were playing them again on tv. I was shocked that I even remembered all the words to the song :) I love the show but I am not sure about the movie. In a way I would like to see a good movie come out of it but then I don’t want to see a good show slaughtered either. They are making so many remakes these days of all the good old tv shows and movies that it seems they are going a little crazy with it.Some remakes are ok but some should be left back in the time it was made.