The last collaboration between Jim Henson Productions and Flight of the Conchords was a smashing success. Bret McKenzie, one of the brains behind the Conchords, contributed several brilliant songs to The Muppet Movie, which made a profit and was beloved by fans, critics, and Muppets alike. Now, rather than participating in a remake or reboot or sequel to another Henson property, Bret McKenzie and the Henson gang are going to work together on something merely inspired by a classic piece of Henson Muppety goodness. Bret McKenzie and Jim Henson Productions are working on a Labyrinth-inspired fantasy musical.
“I’m in the middle of a script for a kind of – it hasn’t got a name yet but it’s a fairy tale comedy musical, sort of akin to Labyrinth or something like that. [It’s] live-action, so it would be a mixture of The Muppets and The Princess Bride.” McKenzie added, “I want to make a comedy musical with singing dragons and monsters and stuff.”
Of course, McKenzie won’t be going it alone. He’ll have help from his Flight of the Conchords director James Bobbin and, when the script reaches a more finalized stage, he can get official help from the Muppet masters as well. In lieu of any future Conchords music/television/movies, I’ll take what I can get from Bret and Jemaine in any form or fashion. If it’s gothic Muppets singing and dancing in a fantasy world, so much the better.
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