Nicholas Stoller on the possibility of another Muppets film

News Simon Brew
13 May 2014 - 06:40

Muppets Most Wanted disappointed at the box office - so where does that leave plans for another Muppets movie?

Nicholas Stoller's latest film, Bad Neighbours (known as Neighbors in most of the rest of the world) has proven to be the first surprise smash hit of the summer. Starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, the movie opened to nearly $50m of business last weekend in the US alone.

Stoller directed that one, but he's also been the man who's co-written the last two Muppets films, including the recent Muppets Most Wanted. The latter hasn't enjoyed such box office success sadly, with the film taking a disappointing $70m worldwide. Hurt by competition from the likes of Rio 2 and Mr Peabody And Sherman, the film's take is a long way shy of the $165m grossed by The Muppets two years earlier.

So: what happened? Stoller, talking to IndieWire, said of Muppets Most Wanted that "I love that movie and I think it turned out great. I don't know why it didn't do better... It was upsetting that it didn't open better but it will live on forever, hopefully, on DVD and in libraries".

The obvious question is where this leaves the chances of another big screen Muppets movie. "I'm not sure", he admitted, adding that "I'd love to work on more of them". And he's no shortage of ideas for them too. "One of the ideas, which might be too sophisticated, was to do a hardcore wedding movie, Really make it about the wedding. And the other version would to be to pick up after they have a new show, like The Muppet Show, and one of the Muppets becomes way more famous than the other ones and how that ricochets throughout the group".

There are suggestions of a new Muppets TV show in the works, and we wonder now if Disney will pursue that ahead of another film. That said, if Muppets Most Wanted finally finds its broader audience on DVD and Blu-ray, then a new movie may yet move up the priority list. We'll keep you posted.


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