Kermit and the gang won’t be returning to Disney any time soon
Disney+ has decided not to proceed with their Muppets reboot series announced at D23, Muppets Live Another Day.
The ABC Signature-produced comedy has been in the works at Disney for a while, and even had a pilot order. However, the show will now not go ahead over a discrepancy between the vision of the writing team – actor Josh Gad and Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis – and that of those at the top of the Disney-owned Muppet Studio.
Muppets Live Another Day was to pick up after the events of 1984’s The Muppets Take Manhattan, and focus on Kermit as he must bring the Muppets back together and help find the missing Rowlf.
After the news of the project’s demise, Gad wrote in a lengthy Instagram post: “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.”
He continued, “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.”
He concluded by writing, “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.”
Check out Gad’s full post below: