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Disney Plus scraps one of two Muppets series

The beloved Disney-owned property has become a bit of an afterthought

Disney has begun to take over popular culture and the box office in recent years through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, Pixar, Disney Animation, its nearly endless remakes, and now everything that came with Fox’s movie and TV studios.

But through all that, one beloved Disney-owned property has become a bit of an afterthought: The Muppets. After a major Muppet revival that began with 2011’s The Muppets reboot movie, Kermit, Piggy and the rest of the gang are once again far from cultural ubiquity.

And now, one of their potential comeback vehicles has been cancelled.

Disney +, the forthcoming streaming service, announced this week that it’s not going forward with a planned scripted series based on the Muppets, which Josh Gad, Adam Horowitz, and Edward Kitsis were to write and produce. The show was to be called Muppets Live Another Day, and had a pilot order.

Per Variety, the three writers “decided to walk away from the series after new leadership at Muppets Studios opted to take the series in a different direction.” The series was never formally announced.

Gad discussed the news in an Instagram story, and from that post, it sounds intriguing: The series was to have original songs from the “Frozen” songwriting duo of Robert and Kristen Lopez, and was a “limited event series,” set shortly after the events of The Muppets Take Manhattan, and was to be “Muppets by way of Stranger Things and feel like a movie spread over 6-8 episodes.” Gad added that the Lopez team wrote songs for the project that were “next level good,” and that he hopes it eventually sees the light of day.

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Misinformation is my least favorite kind of information so I thought I’d take a minute to clarify some news that broke today. After a little over a year and a half of working on a project called “Muppets Live Another Day,” @adamhorowitzla #eddykitsis and I have decided, with a heavy heart, to walk away. Some times creative differences are just that. The project, with original songs by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Lopez was to be directed by the great Jason Moore, (director of “Avenue Q” and “Pitch Perfect”). It was meant to be a limited event series that picked up a year after “Muppets Take Manhattan” and was essentially about what happens after you’ve reached the end of the rainbow. It was going to be Muppets by way of Stranger Things and feel like a movie spread over 6-8 episodes. Part of the joy for us, by placing the Muppets in the middle of the 1980’s, was to subvert and comment on our current love for all things nostalgia while at the same time allowing the characters to tell a story that would ultimately lead to and end in present day, revealing some secrets along the way. It has been one of the great joys of all of our lives to write words for these iconic characters. We wish this franchise all the best and thank our partners at Disney+ and ABC Studios for the opportunity to develop something so fun and outside the box. They have been nothing but supportive and terrific and we can’t wait to play again in other sandboxes. While it is sad, I have no doubt this franchise, under its new leadership will find new and wonderful stories to tell. My only hope is that one day you can all hear the BRILLIANT music by Bobby and @kristenlopez5681 wrote for Kermit and company. The music is next level good. In the meantime, Adam, Eddy and I are already cooking up new fun ideas that we cannot wait to share. Until then, long live “The Muppets.” They have given us joy for over 40 years and I have no doubt they will continue to bring us joy for the next 40 years.

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However, another Muppets project for Disney +, a “short form, unscripted” series called Muppets Now, was announced at the recent D23 event and is in fact still alive. The Muppet Show-like series is set to arrive in 2020.

Disney + is set to launch November 12, which is 11 days after Apple TV Plus, which Apple announced Tuesday will make its debut November 1.

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