by Justin Cook
Jim Henson’s musical puppet series Fraggle Rock will soon be getting its own movie at New Regency with none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to produce and star in the film.
Talk of a Fraggle Rock movie has been going on for years now. Back in 2005, a feature film was announced, but the project never got off the ground. The rights to the film went to The Weinstein Company in 2008, and although they found a director in Cory Edwards (Hoodwinked) and a definitive direction to take the movie in, it too resulted in nothing.
Having a legitimate star such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to the project could be the last push needed for a Fraggle Rock movie to finally get made.
The 1980’s TV show centered around a society of Muppet creatures named Fraggles who live underground together. The show ran for five seasons (96 episodes) from 1983 to 1987.
Gordon-Levvit’s official quote about his involvement with the film goes as follows:
“The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on Sesame Street, and then on Fraggle Rock. Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood. Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved. I’m grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project.”
Fraggle Rock aside, Gordon-Levitt is set to star in a couple very interesting projects due out in 2015. The first of which is The Walk, a film directed by Robert Zemeckis, where the actor plays famous French high-wire artist Philippe Petit. Also keep an eye out for Oliver Stone’s Snowden, in which Gordon-Levitt plays NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. He can also be seen alongside Seth Rogen and Lizzy Caplan in an untitled Christmas comedy.
Source and Quote Source: Variety