Besides Star Wars and Marvel, Disney holds the rights to Jim Henson’s Muppets, and Kermit and his gang were set to make a comeback on Disney+ with a series called Muppets Live Another Day. Bad news though, is that Disney has opted to drop the show.
Frozen star Josh Gad was attached to run the series, and he posted about his departure from the project over creative differences on IG:
Misinformation is my least favorite kind of information so I thought I’d take a minute to clarify some news that broke today. After a little over a year and a half of working on a project called “Muppets Live Another Day,” @adamhorowitzla #eddykitsis and I have decided, with a heavy heart, to walk away. Some times creative differences are just that. The project, with original songs by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Lopez was to be directed by the great Jason Moore, (director of “Avenue Q” and “Pitch Perfect”). It was meant to be a limited event series that picked up a year after “Muppets Take Manhattan” and was essentially about what happens after you’ve reached the end of the rainbow. It was going to be Muppets by way of Stranger Things and feel like a movie spread over 6-8 episodes. Part of the joy for us, by placing the Muppets in the middle of the 1980’s, was to subvert and comment on our current love for all things nostalgia while at the same time allowing the characters to tell a story that would ultimately lead to and end in present day, revealing some secrets along the way. It has been one of the great joys of all of our lives to write words for these iconic characters. We wish this franchise all the best and thank our partners at Disney+ and ABC Studios for the opportunity to develop something so fun and outside the box. They have been nothing but supportive and terrific and we can’t wait to play again in other sandboxes. While it is sad, I have no doubt this franchise, under its new leadership will find new and wonderful stories to tell. My only hope is that one day you can all hear the BRILLIANT music by Bobby and @kristenlopez5681 wrote for Kermit and company. The music is next level good. In the meantime, Adam, Eddy and I are already cooking up new fun ideas that we cannot wait to share. Until then, long live “The Muppets.” They have given us joy for over 40 years and I have no doubt they will continue to bring us joy for the next 40 years.
“It was meant to be a limited event series that picked up a year after Muppets Take Manhattan and was essentially about what happens after you’ve reached the end of the rainbow. It was going to be Muppets by way of Stranger Things and feel like a movie spread over 6-8 episodes.”
The series actually had a lot going for it. Besides Gad being showrunner, the series was also going to be directed by Avenue Q and Pitch Perfect’s Jason Moore. The series was also supposed to have new original songs from Frozen and Coco’s Bobby and Kristen Lopez.
Though this show was cancelled, that doesn’t mean that Disney+ won’t have any Muppet material at all. There’s still a show called Muppets Now which is kind of a short form reality series that will alternate from game show, to talk show, and cooking show—complete with celebrity guests.
I didn’t know about Gad’s series until now, but after looking at all the people attached, it seems like a shame that Disney isn’t pushing forward with it. If anything, they’ll come up with someone to take on the project down the line, but it will have to take some time.
Disney+ launches on Nov. 12.
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