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?