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.
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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