Ricky Gervais on The Muppets sequel

News Simon Brew 18 Jan 2013 - 07:27
The Muppets

Shooting is set to start imminently on the new Muppets film, and Ricky Gervais has been chatting about it...

Production is due to start imminently on the follow-up to the massively successful return of The Muppets, with James Bobin back in the director’s chair. And as you more than likely already know, Ricky Gervais has signed up to play the human lead in the new movie.

Gervais’ appointment has been divisive certainly, but we’re big fans of his work particularly in Ghost Town and Cemetery Junction, and remain upbeat about the movie. As is Gervais, as he appeared on This Morning and talked about The Muppets 2.

"I'm in awe of The Muppets”, he said. “I've loved them for like 35 years. I actually can't wait, I'm really excited. I was there yesterday on set and honestly, I'm like an eight year old at Christmas. I love it!”

He also said that “It’s great in that I know the director, he’s fantastic and did the first one. But there’s always room for collaboration. People always listen to your ideas, I listen to people’s ideas. When I’m in charge we finish at three or four in the morning. The Muppet movie might go on until six! It’s going to be hell [laughs]”.

Production starts in the next week or two we understand, and the full interview with Gervais – which was to promote his new show, Derek – can be found here.

The Muppets 2 is scheduled for release in March 2014.

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