Oh, and that’s not all. You see, Jim Henson’s Muppet spinoff show Fraggle Rock is apparently coming back… as a live-action movie musical. Harvey Weinstein actually told Variety that this project was, in fact, the reason why he and brother Bob ever ditched Miramax: “One of our main priorities when we first launched the Weinstein Company was to feature a broad range of family-friendly franchises like Fraggle Rock.” Uh huh, sure, Harvey. Could there be more of a shoo-in for that “unnecessary sequels and remakes” post from last night?
Perhaps not. On the other hand, I did love me some Fraggles in my youth. So how could this movie be salvaged? I’m going to go ahead and hope that by “live-action,” they mean they’ll have actual human actors in elaborate Fraggle make-up, just for the kitsch factor. (The New York Observer had a similar idea, but somehow they got from there to thinking Carrot Top should be involved in this movie, which is too upsetting to discuss further.) Either way, I think we’re safe as long as this movie focuses on those adorable Fraggles and Doozers — and don’t forget that enormous talking pile of refuse! — rather than any random newly-introduced human characters. Also, the musical numbers should all be written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, since they are proven Oscar gold. I leave this challenge in your hands, Weinstein Co.! In the meantime, do any of you think this movie could possibly turn out to be watchable?