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Newswire: Night At The Museum 3 writers hired for new Sesame Street movie

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Through the past 47 years on television, Sesame Street has been one of our most enduring cultural touchstones, as generations of children have learned letters, numbers, sharing, and cooperation at the feet of Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Elmo. So a leap to the big screen is such a natural idea, it’s surprising it’s only happened twice, with 1985’s Follow That Bird, and 1999’s The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland.

But keeping to Sesame Workshop’s roughly-every-15-years schedule, a return to the big screen is in the works. Deadline reports that Warner Bros., whose sister company HBO now airs Sesame Street before passing episodes to PBS for a second run, has hired David Guion and Michael Handelman, the screenwriting duo behind Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Dinner For Schmucks, and the Zach Braff vehicle The Ex.

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Celebrating 45 Years with the Writers of ‘Sesame Street’

Celebrating 45 Years with the Writers of ‘Sesame Street’
Before settling on “Homelamb” as the punny title for a parody of the hit Showtime series, veteran “Sesame Street” scribe Belinda Ward toyed around with many iterations, none of them quite right.

“ ‘Homeland’ was a very interesting writing process,” says Ward. “We went through every possible thing.”

“She kept calling me because she desperately wanted to do a ‘Homeland’ thing,” recalls “Sesame” head writer-cum-puppeteer Joey Mazzarino, who also co-wrote the screenplays for “The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland” and “Muppets in Space.” “She goes, ‘What about ‘Combland?’ It’s about somebody that can’t brush their hair.’ And I said, ‘I don’t know about that, Belinda.’ And then one day I was running and I was like, ‘Wait, we’re looking at the wrong part of the word.’ So I called her from the track and said, ‘Belinda, what about “Homelamb?”’ She was like, ‘That’s it!’ ”

With its
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Ricky Gervais in talks for Muppets sequel

Comedian tipped to star alongside Kermit, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear in follow-up to 2011 Muppets film

Ricky Gervais is in talks to take the lead role in the forthcoming Muppets sequel, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

While his role is being kept under wraps, it is said to be on a par with the one played by Jason Segel in last year's The Muppets. The next outing for Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear et al will be set in Europe. It will be Gervais's first leading film role since 2009's The Invention of Lying and is not his first time hanging out with The Muppets – he made a cameo appearance in the last outing that ended up on the cutting room floor.

The Muppets sequel will once again be directed by James Bobin, with Nicholas Stoller also returning as screenwriter. Segel, who co-wrote and starred in the earlier film, is
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Muppets 2: Bret McKenzie to face music

New Zealander confirmed to write new songs for followup to last year's musical sensation

Oscar-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie is to write new music for a sequel to last year's hit Muppets film, Collider reports.

McKenzie, previously best known for his work on the critically acclaimed musical comedy TV show Flight of the Conchords, wrote the Academy award-winning song Man or Muppet for James Bobin's 2011 film. The movie, co-written by and starring Jason Segel, successfully reunited Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear et al on the big screen for the first time since 1999's The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Bobin's film took more than $150m at the worldwide box office and was highly acclaimed by critics.

Collider's report also reveals that the Muppets sequel will be shot in and around London and at Pinewood Studios from late January until April. It is said to be set in Europe. Segel has
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Muppets 2: Bret McKenzie to face music

New Zealander confirmed to write new songs for followup to last year's musical sensation

Oscar-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie is to write new music for a sequel to last year's hit Muppets film, Collider reports.

McKenzie, previously best known for his work on the critically acclaimed musical comedy TV show Flight of the Conchords, wrote the Academy award-winning song Man or Muppet for James Bobin's 2011 film. The movie, co-written by and starring Jason Segel, successfully reunited Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear et al on the big screen for the first time since 1999's The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Bobin's film took more than $150m at the worldwide box office and was highly acclaimed by critics.

Collider's report also reveals that the Muppets sequel will be shot in and around London and at Pinewood Studios from late January until April. It is said to be set in Europe. Segel has
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Sesame Street to become big Hollywood movie that more angry people can accuse of weirdly political things

After years of pushing Hollywood's leftist agenda by indoctrinating children with the socialist philosophies of sharing, normalizing homosexuality, and fostering relationships with nations known to harbor terrorists, Sesame Street will see the favor returned with another full-length Hollywood movie—its first since 1999's The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland critiqued capitalism through the vilification of nap creating (or "blanket stealing," as they called it). The specifics of the film's propaganda have yet to be revealed, though the participation of the Sesame Workshop in a producer capacity and longtime show writer Joey Mazzarino suggest that it will maintain ...
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Somebody Come and Play: New ‘Sesame Street’ Movie in the Works

Given that it was first launched in 1969 and is still watched by tons of children all over the world today, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to call Sesame Street one of the most iconic and enduring television series of all time. Throughout the years, characters like Big Bird, Bert & Ernie, the Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch have become staples of mornings spent raising a toddler. But over the course of the show’s lengthy history it has only made the jump from small screen to big twice. The first time was in 1985, when the whole Sesame Street crew was set to the task of tracking down a runaway and kidnapped Big Bird in Follow That Bird. The second was in 1999, when a capitalization on the explosion of the popularity of Sesame Street character Elmo was attempted with The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Neither were big hits, with
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Fox To Bring Sesame Street To The Big Screen

20th Century Fox has purchased the movie rights to the long-running PBS children’s TV show Sesame Street, and The Hollywood Reporter has learned that longtime series writer Joey Mazzarino has been asked to write a script. Shawn Levy, director of Night at the Museum and Real Steel will produce under his 21 Laps banner.

There should be little doubt that the recent big-screen success of the other huge Jim Henson creation — The Muppets — had a major influence on Fox’s decision to pick up the rights. The educational program featuring Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie and many more has been on the air for nearly 45 years and amassed 138 Emmys in that time. THR mentions that one in three Americans has watched Sesame Street and the program is presented in several countries all over the globe.

Despite the show’s long history, only two Sesame Street
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Fox, Shawn Levy Developing 'Sesame Street' Movie

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Following the resurgence of the Muppets franchise, you can't blame Fox for wanting to get in on the puppet game. THR reports that the studio has acquired the rights to Sesame Street and have hired show veteran Joey Mazzarino to write up a script for a full-length movie. Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Night at the Museum) is on board as one of the producers. The television series has ventured onto the big screen twice before, in 1985's Follow That Bird and 1999's The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Bird starred John Candy, Chevy Chase and Dave Thomas alongside the series' marquee puppets. No word on when Fox is targeting this film to be released, but considering the script hasn't been written yet, it might be a while before we see Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar and the rest of...

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In the Works: Bert, Ernie & Elmo Heading to the Big Screen with Fox-Acquired 'Sesame Street' Project

In the Works: Bert, Ernie & Elmo Heading to the Big Screen with Fox-Acquired 'Sesame Street' Project
Twentieth Century Fox has acquired the rights to PBS' beloved educational children's show "Sesame Street," now in its 43rd year. Longtime "Sesame Street" writer Joey Mazzarino is set to pen a script bringing the show's characters to the big screen. Everyone's favorite puppet and live-action NYC cityblock has had quite the roster of celebrity appearances over the years -- it will be interesting to see which Hollywood stars are lured by the likes of Elmo. Brad Pitt appeasing Oscar the Grouch, perhaps? "Sesame Street" has had two previous film adaptations. "Follow that Bird" (1985), which starred John Candy, Chevy Chase and Dave Thomas in addition to the usual gang, plus 1999's "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland."

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Let's Go to Where the Air is Sweet! "Sesame Street' Movie in the Works!

Sunny day is sweeping the clouds away for "Sesame Street" fans.

20th Century Fox has picked up the movie rights to the beloved children's television show and has hired longtime "Street" writer, Joey Mazzarino, to pen the script according to Heat Vision.

This would not be the first big screen version of "Sesame Street." In 1985, "Follow That Bird" was released featuring John Candy, Chevy Chase, and Dave Thomas. And in 1999, "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" was released.

Now, with the success of "The Muppets," Fox seems to think that it's the right time to bring out our favorite residents of "Sesame Street" such as Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Elmo.

Shawn Levy ("Date Night," "Night at the Museum," "Real Steel") is attached to produce but will he direct and tell us how to get to "Sesame Street?" Stay tuned...
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Big Bird's Big-Screen Takeover: Sesame Street Movie in the Works!

Big Bird's Big-Screen Takeover: Sesame Street Movie in the Works!
Elmo must really be tickled: Sesame Street is heading to the silver screen! According to the Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has picked up the movie rights to the long-running educational children's show. Longtime Sesame Street writer Joey Mazzarino will write the script for Jim Henson's beloved creations. The PBS series, which premiered in 1969, has won 138 Emmys during its run. This big-screen adaptation will be the third feature film to come from the series. In 1985, Sesame Workshop produced Follow That Bird, followed by The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland in 1999. Mr. Snuffalupagus, we can't wait to join you on your next adventure!
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Shawn Levy To Direct Sesame Street Movie

Hot off the success of the recent Muppet big screen return, Fox have announced the hiring of director Shawn Levy (Real Steel, Date Night) to adapt another kids favourite – Sesame Street.

The Sesame Street gang, which celebrated a 40th anniversary in 2009, have dabbled with movies in the past, most notably the Big Bird centric Follow that Bird and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, but have generally taken a backseat to Kermit, Gonzo, Piggy et al. Now though they’re getting their own chance to shine and the timing could not be better.

Unless you lived in a trash can much like Oscar the Grouch, you’ll remember Sesame Street from when you were growing up, with it’s host of bizarre characters, obsession with numbers and letters and it’s fantastically catchy theme tune. It was most recently in the news for an episode featuring Katy Perry which was
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'Sesame Street' Movie In The Works Courtesy Of Producer Shawn Levy & Fox

"Sesame Street" celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, so, in many ways, the fact that a movie version of the popular kids program is in the works probably shouldn't be much of a surprise. Of course, there've been individual character movies like 1985’s "Follow That Bird" and 1999’s "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland," but director Shawn Levy ("Real Steel") and his 21 Laps banner, along with fellow producers Michael Aguilar, Mark Gordon and Film 360's Guymon Casady, want to produce an adaptation of the entire show.

Familiar to almost everyone who has ever been a child, certainly in the U.S., "Sesame Street" is a mixture of animation, short films and sketches and songs performed by a cast of puppets and guest stars, all intended to amuse and educate children while offering parents or caregivers a much-needed break from chasing their kids around the house. But just how longtime "Sesame Street
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Sesame Street to follow Muppets with new film adaptation

Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and co will make their third foray into cinemas following the success of last year's Muppets movie

Sesame Street is to follow The Muppets on to the big screen, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The long-running Us children's TV series that brought the world Big Bird, Bert and Ernie and Oscar the Grouch will make its third foray into multiplexes following 1985's Follow That Bird and 1999's The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Studio 20th Century Fox has bought the rights from the show's production company Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop. The TV iteration's regular writer Joey Mazzarino will take charge of the screenplay but a director is still being sought for the project.

The long-running, partly educational series first screened in 1969 and remains hugely popular with audiences across the globe. It utilises Muppet characters created by Jim Henson, though he did not instigate the show.
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Sesame Street to follow Muppets with new film adaptation

Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and co will make their third foray into cinemas following the success of last year's Muppets movie

Sesame Street is to follow The Muppets on to the big screen, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The long-running Us children's TV series that brought the world Big Bird, Bert and Ernie and Oscar the Grouch will make its third foray into multiplexes following 1985's Follow That Bird and 1999's The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Studio 20th Century Fox has bought the rights from the show's production company Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop. The TV iteration's regular writer Joey Mazzarino will take charge of the screenplay but a director is still being sought for the project.

The long-running, partly educational series first screened in 1969 and remains hugely popular with audiences across the globe. It utilises Muppet characters created by Jim Henson, though he did not instigate the show.
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Fox to Tell Audiences How to Get to 'Sesame Street' on Big Screen

Hot on the heels of the big screen return of The Muppets, some more of Jim Henson's creations are heading to the big screen again. Heat Vision has word that Shawn Levy, who is quickly becoming as busy as Steven Spielberg, is producing a new Sesame Street feature film for 20th Century Fox. Levy likely won't direct the feature, but Joey Mazzarino, a longtime writer for the show that started way back in 1969, is slated to script the film. Considering Sesame Street has always been more educational than comical, I wouldn't expect something as universally pleasing as The Muppets, but it won't pander to children learning to read. This isn't the first time Sesame Street has hit the big screen as the 1985 film Follow That Bird and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland in 1999 saw a theatrical release, but they definitely don't have the same film legacy as ...
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Fox Plans A "Sesame Street" Movie

20th Century Fox has picked up the film rights to the long-running and iconic children’s television show "Sesame Street" says Heat Vision.

Having been on the air for over four decades, legendary characters such as Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Elmo are all set to make the jump to the big screen in the project which longtime series writer Joey Mazzarino will pen.

Shawn Levy and his 21 Laps banner, Michael Aguilar, Mark Gordon and Film 360's Guymon Casady are all set to produce. The project is actually the third film to feature 'Sesame' characters including 1985’s "Follow That Bird" and 1999’s "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland".
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Sesame Street Movie Moves to Fox

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Sesame Street Movie Moves to Fox
20th Century Fox is planning to develop another big screen adaptation of popular children's show Sesame Street. The studio picked up movie rights and brought on veteran show writer Joey Mazzarino to provide the screenplay.

The educational children's program debuted in 1969 on PBS and features memorable characters such as Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Elmo. Shawn Levy is producing with Michael Aguilar, Mark Gordon and Film 360's Guymon Casady.

Sesame Street already has two big screen movies with 1985's Follow That Bird. and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland in 1999.

This project is still in development.
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Following Muppet Trend, Sesame Street Gets a Movie

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Following Muppet Trend, Sesame Street Gets a Movie
From the department of Recently Resuscitated Muppets and Forthcoming Fraggles: Sesame Street is getting a new movie, with 20th Century Fox presenting a big screen adaptation of the 43-year-old series. (Depending on your age, you may or may not remember 1985’s Follow That Bird and 1999’s The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland). Joey Mazzarino, a veteran writer on the show, will handle the screenplay. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the show's Sesame Workshop company should be involved in a production capacity as well. Start digging to figure out how much Big Bird gets offered to do this thing.
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