Disney’s The Muppets are back! Again! This post will have the official information from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures regarding “The Muppets… Again!” coming to theaters March 21, 2014. “The Muppets… Again!” is the sequel to 2011′s “The Muppets” and will star, The Muppets (of course). Accompanying Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and the gang will be Ricky Gervais (playing villainous henchman Number Two), Ty Burrell (as French Interpol Inspector, Jean Pierre Napoleon), and Tina Fey (as Russian gulag guard Nadya). The film will be directed by James Bobin (who also directed “The Muppets”).
After the successful telethon that saved the Muppet Theater, the Muppets’ embark on a world tour including London, Madrid, and Berlin. Along the way, they run across Public Enemy Number 1, Constantine, who is trying to steal a huge diamond, and who also happens to be a lookalike for Kermit. Mayhem ensues, and it’s not always the Electric Mayhem variety.
Production has already begun in London, and Ricky Gervais has given us an exclusive first look at the filming via twitter. Gervais tweeted @rickygervais “Twitter Exclusive: First look at Ricky Gervais’ Muppet Movie…” with the following photo.
“The Muppets… Again!” is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. An accomplished British director and producer, Bobin is considered one of the most inventive comedic writers in television and film. In addition to “The Muppets,” he created, wrote and executive produced the hit series “Flight of the Conchords” for HBO and played a key role in making it one of “Time” magazine’s top five new television series in 2007. The screenplay for “The Muppets… Again!” is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer.
From Walt Disney Studios Press Release
Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Walter and the Entire Muppets Gang (Plus Celebrity Cameos)
The filmmaking team behind 2011’s celebrated film “The Muppets” reunites as Disney’s “The Muppets … Again!” kicked off production last week in London. The all-new global Muppets adventure welcomes Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey to the mayhem, along with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Walter and rest of the Muppets. The film is directed by James Bobin (“Flight of the Conchords,” “Da Ali G Show”), who was just nominated for a BAFTA for “The Muppets” (Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer), and produced by the Academy Award®-nominated team of David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (“The Fighter,” “The Proposal”). With a screenplay by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller (“The Five-Year Engagement”), who is also executive producer with John Scotti, “The Muppets … Again!” will feature music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie (“Flight of the Conchords”), who won an Oscar® for best original song for “The Muppets” (“Man or Muppet”). The new film will hit the big screen March 21, 2014.
“It’s great to be back working with the Muppets,” said Bobin, “some of them even remember my name occasionally now. As for the movie, it’s a tip of the hat to the old-school crime capers of the ’60s, but featuring a frog, a pig, a bear and a dog—no panthers, even pink ones—along with the usual Muppet-y mix of mayhem, music and laughs.”
Disney’s “The Muppets …Again!” takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais, creator of “Derek” and the Golden Globe®- and Emmy®-winning series “The Office” and “Extras.” The film stars Golden Globe-, Emmy- and SAG Award®-winning actress and writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” “Mean Girls,” “Date Night”) as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”) as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.
Said Kermit the Frog, “This movie takes us places we’ve never been before. And trust me — this frog has never seen so much international flavor. I think audiences will eat it up–the entertainment, that is.”
Feature a slew of surprising celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets…Again!” will shoot on location in London and in Hollywood, as well as in the famed Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, just outside of London.
“The Muppets … Again!” hits the big screen March 21, 2014. For more information, visit Disney.com/Muppets, like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/Muppets, and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/MuppetsStudio.