Next year will be the 30th anniversary of Fraggle Rock, perhaps the most ambitious of Jim Henson’s projects. I’d always loved the show when I was young, but watching it again as an adult, and being able to watch lots of episodes in quick succession thanks to DVD, I got an even better idea of how inventive, imaginative and sophisticated the series was.
Making a movie worthy of the show is not going to be easy.
For a good while The Weinsteins were working on a movie with Hoodwinked director Cory Edwards, but that project simply went around in circles for several years. Since 2011 the film has been set up at The Montecito Picture Co. with the Jim Henson Co. co-producing.
Now, say The Hollywood Reporter, two new writers have been tapped to pick up their pens and take a new pass – Jim Byrkit and Alex Manugian.
Byrkit has a story credit on Rango while Manugian, say THR, did some voice work. I imagine that was as a sideline to working in the story department, just on past experience of how these things happen.
It’s a great time to be pulling a Fraggle film together, ahead of the anniversary, and it’s heartening to know that Byrkit and Manugian have the approval of the Hensons.
Now I’m just very curious as to who they’re going to enlist as a director. I vote for Garth Jennings.