Jason Segel is giving the Muppets a proper resurrection. The Muppets have been virtually ignored since bought by the Disney Company except some merchandising. Segel announced this week he has completed a script for the movie rumored for release in 2010. 

As a die-hard Muppet fan myself, Segel is not be my first choice to take the reigns of the discarded franschise but it could be worse. Segel has made a career being a loveable, quirky geek who doesn’t mind standing naked for a few laughs.  In addition to having some qualities that resemble charm, he seems to have a genuine love of puppets. He insisted that Judd Apatow include a scene from a play for puppets he had written entitled “Dracula’s Lament”.

The muppet movie will feature a recyled plot: think The Muppets take Manhattan meets Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. The old beloved Muppet theatre is under threat of destruction by an evil oil moonger. The focus will be on the traditional (aka pre Disney) characters like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and Fozzie. 

As a lifelong devotee to all things Muppets and Jim Henson reltaed everything sound good right now but I have plenty of reason to worry. Rumors of a revival have been a long time coming. -But Disney and Segel are trying to rewrite 50+ year old characters for a generation that never grew up with them. Muppets also have had a series of made for TV/straight to DVD flops: Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa, Muppet Wizard of Oz, etc. 

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Segel has to make up for a decade of bad desicions by the Disney Company. 

<- I do think if you had a way to tell Jim Henson Disney is putting this man in charge of the Muppets next movie he would spin in his grave.

It may be scary but I realize he is the Muppets best hope for a revival.