Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dancing His Cares Away in Big Screen 'Fraggle Rock'

Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:56 Written by  iamrogue
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dancing His Cares Away in Big Screen 'Fraggle Rock'

With the addition of a bona fide movie star, Fraggle Rock might finally become a movie.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed on to lead the first big screen adventure of the Fraggles, Jim Henson's allegorical, wacky, fascinatingly educational puppet critters.

The Fraggles, along with the Gorgs and Doozers, debuted on HBO, as well as British and Canadian television in 1983 and inspired viewers young and old for five seasons of madcap muppetry that were also thought-provoking and uniquely challenging.

As you'd expect for a property that captured the imaginations of so many, Fraggle Rock has been in development for a long time.  The better part of a decade, in fact.  Back in 2006, The Jim Henson Company announced a full-blown movie.  In 2008, The Weinstein Company picked up the rights and hired Hoodwinked! helmer Cory Edwards to direct. By 2011, however, that version of Fraggle Rock had fallen apart.  That's when New Regency came aboard.

For the last several years, development on Fraggle Rock went quiet.  Now, though, JGL has teamed up with New Regency and The Henson Co. for the film, Variety reports.

Like so much of his generation, 34-year-old actor is a longtime fan of the Fraggles.  Gordon-Levitt, who made his feature directorial debut with Don Jon in 2013, will also produce the Fraggle Rock movie.

“The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on Sesame Street, and then on Fraggle Rock,” the actor said in an official statement. “Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood. Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved. I’m grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project.”

As far as we know at this point, there's no director or writer, so it's likely to be a while before Fraggle Rock actually hits theaters.

JGL is busy in the meantime.  He stars as World Trade Center wirewalker Philippe Petit in The Walk and Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone's Snowden, due this October and December, respectively.  Then there's an as-yet untitled Christmas dramedy that reunites him with 50/50 director Jonathan Levine and Seth Rogen.  He continues to oversee his series, Hit Record on TV, the second season of which premieres this summer. 

Oh, and he's also developing Sandman, based on the classic Neil Gaiman Vertigo comic, as a potential directorial vehicle at Warner Bros.

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