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Guillermo del Toro To Bring ‘Pinocchio’ To Life
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PinocchioAs we all know, Guillermo del Toro has enough projects lined up to last him the rest of his life. You’d think that this would stop him from adding more, but now it looks like he’ll have his hand in another project; this one will be a feature-length stop-motion version of the cherished tale of Pinocchio based on a book illustrated by Gris Grimly.

This version of the tale — whose main character gained popularity with U.S. audiences thanks to Disney’s animated version in 1940 — would be brought to life by the puppets created by the Jim Henson Company, or at least that’s what Del Toro’s is working on having.

We are trying to get a full stop-motion version of Gris Grimly’s PINOCCHIO off the ground, with the Jim Henson Company. The idea came from Gris, and everybody loves his book about it. The original story is far more perverse and spooky and semi-necrophilia vibe to it in certain aspects. Gris certainly has that vein in him, he wants to do this with that original spookiness in it, we are trying to get it going. The Jim Henson Company is the behind it and we are currently working on the screenplay! Its not coming to a screen near you any time soon, even if it were to begin today it would be about three years in the making, but we are working to make it happen. A full-scale puppet universe takes time.
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Weinstein Co Gets Down at ‘Fraggle Rock’
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Fraggle RockYes, I, along with many other children of the ’80s, loved me some Fraggle Rock. None of us knew what the shit they were, but they were awesome and they hung out with little Doozer dudes and ate all their construction materials between adventures to “outer space” where the old guy (who played the bartender with tourettes syndrome in The Boondock Saints named Doc, same as his character in Fraggle Rock, oh and who is already rumored for the movie on IMDB) hung out with his dog, OR to the other side where those gigantic puppets tried to catch and eat our beloved Fraggles. *Inhale* Good. *Exhale* Good! THAT is my recollection of Fraggle Rock, a show which I loved dearly, but do not remember much of the specifics of, given I was 2-6 years old when it was on HBO (Entourage circa 1983?).

Now comes word through Variety that after the successful sales of the first three seasons of the show on DVD, The Weinsteins have decided to give us a picture film! Cory Edwards (Hoodwinked) is writing and directing, which upsets a lot of people — I didn’t hate Hoodwinked, so we’ll see what happens. The Jim Henson Company with Lisa Henson and Brian Henson will produce the film and The Weinstein Co. will pack it up and ship it out.

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Jason Segel Offers Up ‘Muppet’ News
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MuppetsRecently, we shared with you this news that Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up) and common co-worker Nick Stoller (who directed Sarah Marshall) would be working together on a new Muppet movie — and I’m sure you all scratched your heads (see Sarah Marshall Star To Pen Next ‘Muppets’ Movie).

Well, now, it seems we have a little bit of plot coming together! In an article from CHUD, we’re learning that not only do we have to worry about what these two — who typically hang out with an R-rated crowd — will do to the Muppets, but also a little about where it might go.

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‘Sarah Marshall’ Star to Pen Next ‘Muppets’ Movie
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MuppetsThis is an interesting little story.

Apparently there’s a scene in the upcoming Judd Apatow-produced movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall in which star and co-writer Jason Segel (Slackers, Knocked Up) writes a musical rendition of Dracula which is performed by puppets. The puppets used in the film were crafted by none other than the Jim Henson Company and after filming on that project was wrapped, Segel decided to pitch the idea to Disney as the next Muppet movie, as crazy as that may sound. The pitch must have been brilliant, because it worked out and that deal is now in place and production is moving forward. Joining Segel to co-write and direct will be Nick Stoller — who also directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

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