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The Weinsteins, A Zappa, The Henson Co, Etc. To Bring FRAGGLEs To The Big Screen!!

Published at: May 13, 2008, 12:03 p.m. CST

Merrick here...
The Weinstein Company is developing a live-action musical film based on Jim Henson's FRAGGLE ROCK.
Pic will take the core characters Gogo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red outside of their home in Fraggle Rock, where they interact with humans, which they think are aliens.
...says THIS ARTICLE in Variety. Corey Edwards, writer/director of HOODWINKED! a few years back (trailer HERE), will write/direct the Fraggles' return to the screen. Ahmet Zappa (son of Frank) is an Executive Producer on the film. I don't recall the exact details on this, but this Zappa/Fraggle project has been in the wind for some time now (at least several years). My niece is crazy for Fraggles and has already pitched a tent at the theater most likely to open the film.


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  • May 13, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    First!

    by Karl Childers

  • May 13, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Holy Shit!

    by James Westfall

    Awesome!

  • May 13, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    fraggle rock rules

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

  • May 13, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Hoodwinked was TERRIBLE!

    by Karl Childers

    This will suck!

  • May 13, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Uggh, quit reading at humans . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . and no Henson means no muppets. Period.

  • May 13, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    damn I love me some Fraggles

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    and that furkin dog.

  • May 13, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    shit, did'nt realise it was that hoowinked guy

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    fuck that movie sucked

  • May 13, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    I just got excited at fraggles

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

  • May 13, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Theres a bad joke in here somewhere...

    by blckmgk13

    ...about his niece pitching a tent over the fraggles.

  • May 13, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    how bout those poor fucks building their intricate

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    architecture that the fraggles randomly eat. AHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • May 13, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    i smell another

    by Anakin_Piecocker

    phantom menace.

  • May 13, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Ummm...YES PLEASE!!

    by IndustryKiller!

    The world really really needs The Muppets right now so this and Jason Segals Muppet film have me stoked. If they're careful and take their time with it then it's time a young generation restore them tot heir former glory.

  • May 13, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Yo, Weinsteins, howse the fuck about releasing Fanboys first

    by Pennsy

    the original version, brah ($1 to Spencer Pratt)

  • May 13, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Isn't it Gobo?

    by TrainorSmash

    It's been a while I could be wrong...

  • May 13, 2008, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Post kills much hope

    by INWOsuxRED

    They already sent one guy out into the world, that should cover any of their "humans are silly" humor. The Fraggle "world" is much more interesting than a few hand puppets interacting with cab drivers and hot dog salesmen.

  • May 13, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    work on that 80's era hypertext, bub.

    by ArcadianDS

  • May 13, 2008, 8:52 a.m. CST

    TOTAL FRAGGLE DESTRUCTION!!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    hehehehe

  • May 13, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    in all honesty

    by alex138

    I thought Merrick meant his niece had a boner. Man my mind is stuck in the gutter.

  • May 13, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    HONESTLY, yes, it was hugely popular.

    by slone13

    But if your parents were too cheap to buy HBO back in the day you might not have caught it.

  • May 13, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    Ain't it Old News

    by Darth WickedChicken

    Read about this project a year ago. A-Holes screwin up my childhood even more.

  • May 13, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    oh look, I found a fraggle...

    by d a v 3 y

    was that you Harry? heheh...

  • May 13, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    The Fraggles had a cartoon and tons of toys, too.

    by slone13

    <p>And CAPTAIN CAVEMAN and LAUGH-O-LYMPICS were on regular old free tv, so by your criteria, Nosferatu, it should be ok if they both got a movie.</p> <p>All I gotta say is there better be an appearance by Uncle Traveling Matt.</p>

  • May 13, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Excitement dulled, boo

    by Teko

    Well, crap. I was all excited about this project when the Henson folks and Ahmet Zappa (!) announced it two years ago, but now that the Hoodwinked guy is in charge I'm really cautious. Besides, the whole point of FRAGGLE ROCK was the interaction of Doozers, Gorgs, and Fraggles (plus the Trash Heap)... not a fish-out-of-water Crocodile Dundee movie with Fraggles in New York and all the inevitable gags.

  • May 13, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Another Weinstein Flop in the making

    by Samuel Fulmer

    How much longer can they go on?

  • May 13, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Doozertastic!

    by FILMFUNK

    I had forgot all about those crazy things! What was the old dog called again?

  • May 13, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    We knew about this...

    by Anna Valerious

    ...for a loooong time. But Ahmet had approached Henson with intention of making his book "Mighty McFearless" into a movie...will that be made, too?

  • May 13, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    My Band

    by HitchCock'n'Balz

    does a rad cover of the Fraggle theme song..except it's crazy scary metal, and the "Down at Fraggle Rock" chorus part is a death scream..the crowd loves it!

  • May 13, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Damn I loved the Fraggles

    by Rat Fink

    This was HBO's greatest show ever. I went out and bought some of the DVD's for my kids but they didn't get into it. I hope the movie is good.

  • May 13, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Filmfunk

    by Unbirthday

    I believe the dog's name was Sprocket.

  • May 13, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST

    I got your point, Nosferatu

    by slone13

    <p>I'd argue that the Fraggles, like most of the Muppets, are timeless. Hell, Ernie, Bert, Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame crew have been going for 40 years now.)</p> <p>And from at least a production level, it's certainly easier to "revive" characters that already have a history, look, style, and personalities then it is to create an entirely new universe from the ground up. Are they counting on some name recognition? Of course. But I bought season 1 of Fraggle Rock for my daughter and she became obsessed with them. And she'd never seen a second of the show before I put it on for her.</p> <p>I understood your Capt. Caveman comment, too, but whereas he and the Laugh-O-Lympics WERE obscure/crappy kids shows, I don't think there's any comparison between them and the Fraggles, despite my love for Dick Dastardly and Muttley.</p>

  • May 13, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Fraggle Rock DVD's

    by Nuck81

    Believe it or not Fraggle Rock is one of the biggest Kids Rentals in the my video store.

  • May 13, 2008, 9:45 a.m. CST

    FRAGGLE ROCK!

    by newc0253

    that is all.

  • May 13, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST

    It's "GOBO," not "Gogo."

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    "Gogo" sounds like the name for a stripper. <p> ;-P </p>

  • May 13, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST

    So I guess

    by Series7

    Its going to be CGI?

  • May 13, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Sprocket?

    by PeaJay18

    One of the coolest things about FR was that the "wraparound" human stories were filmed completely differently for each county - the US had an inventor, the UK had the Captain & Sprocket the dog, the French had a baker etc.<br> What are the chances of the film being localised too?

  • May 13, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    CGI would be....

    by Wolfman Nards

    Gay. I'm sure with having Jim Henson Co. involved that we'll have some good ole fashion sock puppets with hands up their asses. Fraggles own. Nuff said.

  • May 13, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Is there a single human being that cares about this?

    by Trazadone

    Who would be the audience?

  • May 13, 2008, 9:57 a.m. CST

    From the Weinsteins and the Director of HOODWINKED?!?!?!?

    by Harry Weinstein

    Fuck. This. Shit. Truly pearls before swine.

  • May 13, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Nostalgia rate for "FRAGGLE ROCK" =

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    about the same amount of HBO subscribers in the United States with children under the age of 10. That is about 8% of the population (at the most). <p>I don't know, as much as I liked Fraggle Rock as a 4 year old, it just seems a bit risky to market the film to the general population.<p> But heck, the film would probably increase DVD sales! If the film has a low budget, it could really work. But yeah, that HOODWINKED film was almost unbearable. You couldn't PAY ME to watch it again.</p>

  • May 13, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    Hoodwinked was one of the worst movies ive ever seen...

    by Obscura

    terrible in every way.... except that it made money.

  • May 13, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    As Junior, the Gorg would say

    by Rat Fink

    Look, Maw! I caught a Fwaggle!

  • May 13, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Hoodwinked

    by BRUTICUS

    had some funny jokes.. and thats why it did well in the theatres. No the animation wasn't that great, the budget was really lacking but the story telling and jokes were there.

  • May 13, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Oh Fraggle Rock...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    It was all the layers of cultures that made it so fascinating. If they take that out will it work at all? Why do people equate live action children's films with the need for interaction with human characters?

  • May 13, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Does anyone care?

    by Harry Weinstein

    Most certainly yes. It was really a good show, no nostalgia required to enjoy it. It's naturally aged a bit, as have most things from 20+ years ago, but it would be trivially easy to bring it up to date... unless you're a no-talent director working for unscrupulous producers who don't understand what made the show good in the first place. I predict fart jokes by the quarter-pound.

  • May 13, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Gobo > Indy Jones

    by Saluki

    Seriously, Gobo always threw me into the adventurer's spirit. Red was a cool too. Hell, all of them were cool now that I think about it. Very diverse cast actually... WANT.

  • May 13, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Hollywood: bereft of originality

    by kwisatzhaderach

    and creativity.

  • May 13, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Trazadone, in answer to your questions

    by slone13

    <p>1) Yes</p> <p>2) Children all over the world. As PeaJay18 already noted, Fraggle Rock had versions in many countries. Sweden, Turkey, France, the UK, Sweden, Germany, and Spain, just to name a few.</p>

  • May 13, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    That HOODWINKED made money...

    by Harry Weinstein

    ...is the worst thing about it. If it hadn't I doubt this guy would be in position to ruin FRAGGLE ROCK. And if they can dumb down something stupid from the 80s like TRANSFORMERS for a modern audience, they can DEFINITELY dumb down something smart like FRAGGLE ROCK was. Don't underestimate the potential audience for this. It was a global success, on free TV in most places. If you lived near the Canada-US border you could see it in the US on CBC for nothing. And while HBO wasn't in nearly the number of households that it is now, kids in my neighborhood without HBO would flock to friends houses who had it (via cable or the big-ass old school satellite dishes) to watch it. Fraggle audience > HBO subscription figures of the day.

  • May 13, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Hoodwinked = Good Idea, Terrible Film

    by ev1ldead

    ...

  • May 13, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST

    ...Spooooky

    by MediaNerd

    That is beyond weird, I had actually just ordered the season collections just a few hours before this story posted. My subconcious was doing some psychic talk-line stuff there... <br><br> For those saying there's no market - you obviously don't understand the market at all. Muppets are always popular, these characters have been passed down through vhs/dvd already, and kid friendly movies tend to be low-budget/high-potential safe. Think about Alvin & the Chipmunks last year. Probably less 'hip/known' then Fraggles were at the time and it killed (not saying it was a good movie, but market wise...)

  • May 13, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST

    FUCK YEAH!!!

    by That 70s Venom

    THIS IS GOING TO BE THE GREATEST FUCKING MOVIE EVER!!! FUCKING SWEET!!!

  • May 13, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Jerry Nelson

    by Talcy

    Wonder if they'll get Jerry Nelson to at least voice Gobo.

  • May 13, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    merrick's niece pitched a tent!

    by bootle2

    She's a dude!!!!

  • May 13, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Nosferatu

    by Shoegeezer

    It aired in the UK to millions of viewers, same across Europe. I don't know how it did in the rest of the world, but there is a little more to this planet than the US.

  • May 13, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST

    The 80´s revival continues

    by CuervoJones

    I´m not against it, i love the 80´s. But how about something new?

  • May 13, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    I´ll rape your childhood

    by CuervoJones

    If you don´t stop with the childhood raping stuff right now!

  • May 13, 2008, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Yobo, that's it

    by slone13

    <p>That's why they're doing a Fraggle Rock movie. Cause Speed Racer and Thunderbirds did well.</p> <p>Or maybe, just maybe, it's actually more like what MediaNerd suggested and it's because something like Alvin & the Chipmunks has grossed nearly $400 million and counting.</p>

  • May 13, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    eh?

    by Lost Jarv

    Why?

  • May 13, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST

    IT'S "GOBO" GAWD DAMMIT!!!

    by Shermdawg

  • May 13, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Spoilers!

    by shitstorm23

    This shit already ended, so would the movie ignore the series? The giants come to peace with fraggles, and the old man has to move to warm weather just when he discovers the dog isn't batshit crazy and there are Fraggles? Then when he moves to his new spot (which looks exactly like his old shit hole) there is a box in the corner and behind it is a hole and out comes Gobo. <p> On a side note though, Speed Racer has not been pushed to kids. It looks more like it's trying to be an action movie, so parents are not taking their kids to it, and there's no singing, so little kids don't get hooked on hearing little jingles. If Fraggles the movie has songs, it could very well be a hit.

  • May 13, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Down at Fraggle Rock

    by Ninja Nerd

    I loved this series on HBO. My son was 4 or 5 when thir originally aired and we saw every episode dozens of times. Got the books, which caused me to learn to imitate every one of the main characters voices. The "think they're aliens" bit worries me as Uncle Traveling Matt interacted with humans...those postcards home were excellent. AND that set up the interactions with Doc and Sprocket. Geez, the series ender when Doc retired and moved far away was outstanding. I hope the folks working on this have actually WATCHED the whole series and realize what they're screwing with. If they just do some typical "fish out of water" story, this will be a total waste of effort. That's not what the Fraggles are about.

  • May 13, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Does anyone remember

    by Rat Fink

    the episode with Begoony the rabbit like puppet. That episode used to freak me out for some reason.

  • May 13, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    please

    by tha plow

    is there any memory they won't rape?

  • May 13, 2008, 11:59 a.m. CST

    You might try reading the talkback, Jarv

    by slone13

    Plenty of people have answerd your question already.

  • May 13, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Shia for the trash witch!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Or whatever that thing's name was.

  • May 13, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    By the way, better give it to Eli Roth.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    So that he can make it EDGY and EXTREEEME, and open it by having the giants murder a Fraggle and eat it raw. That would be EDGY and EXTREEEME to the n-th power. Or maybe get Nolan to do it realistically. The first 90 minutes would show in detail how the Fraggles evolved, how they're hatched from eggs and how they built little primitive basalt tools to dig the first tunnels.

  • May 13, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST

    I hereby nominate Harry...

    by Kid Z

    ...as the visual reference for, and voice of a new Trash Heap (son of the original Trash Heap). You know it has to be!

  • May 13, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Or Bryan Singer can direct...

    by Kid Z

    ...all the Fraggles would have abandonment issues from "not fitting in" during their childhoods. Also, all the Doozers would wear nothing but leather chaps and instead of construction, would engage in elaborate Broadway-style song-and-dance numbers all day.

  • May 13, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    I love Fraggles

    by CherryValance

    but why take them out of Fraggle Rock? It almost sounds like they're going to turn them into The Littles.

  • May 13, 2008, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Tell me I'm not crazy...

    by Kid Z

    ...Mokie and Phoebe from "Friends"... separated at birth?!!?

  • May 13, 2008, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Eli Roth is doing a family film.

    by emeraldboy

    He wont he be making another gore film as he has pushed that envelope as far as it can go. and no, he really doing a family film.

  • May 13, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Nosferatu Jones,

    by raw_bean

    here in the UK my older brother and sister grew up on FR, and the Muppets (in fact though I never made the connection my brother has at various times been referred to as 'Beaker' while my sister's hair lead to her being called 'Red Fraggle'), and my little sister and I grew up with the Fraggle Rock cartoon and the Muppet Babies cartoon. I think the audience for this might be bigger than you'd think.

  • May 13, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST

    CGI Fraggles

    by Sithdan

    You can't go wrong with CGI Fraggles. Will the old guy and the dog return?

  • May 13, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    What's next, Land of the Lost?

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    Oh wait...

  • May 13, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Loved Muppets, Hated Fraggles

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    That is all.

  • May 13, 2008, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Always a good sign...

    by chumpmonkey

    ...when the show is so well-remembered by the press that they can't even get the MAIN CHARACTER'S NAME right. "Gobo". Not "Gogo". It's a reference to a filmmaking trick, as is "Uncle Traveling Matt". Way to know anything about what you're talking about, Variety.

  • May 13, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Henson Co & Cast Back. Global Market For Fraggle Film!

    by frogboy4

    Fans, The Henson Company and Fraggle Rock’s performers have been waiting for this news for a very long time. Nobody will let them mess this up – that’s probably why this property didn’t go to Disney. Fraggle Rock (an international program) was created by Jim Henson to inspire the idea of peace and connectedness in the minds of the world's children - that's the audience, not just nostalgic fanboys. There is a global market for this film and we need the Fraggles back now more than ever.

  • May 13, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST

    "Heavens to Murgatroyd!",

    by JAGUART

    Pepper Joe love Fraggle Rock

  • May 13, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Quit Eatin' My House!!!

    by Captain Happy

    - doozers.

  • May 13, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Why would they think Fraggles are Aliens?

    by Pi-Rate

    Uncle "Traveling" Matt went all over the planet, and had no trouble interacting. This plot is flawed even before it starts filming...

  • May 13, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    pi-rate

    by robertplant

    You're dyslexic. Please re-read the right way, ass-turd.

  • May 13, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    One of the best series finales of my youth

    by Dreamfasting

    I don't know how well it would hold up to watching it as an adult, but I have intense memories of Fraggle Rock's final episodes being brutally bittersweet, very dark and sad in places, even though there was ultimately a happy ending.

  • May 13, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Please NO CGI Doozers!!!

    by Orionsangels

    The Doozers and how they walked and moved is still a mystery to me today. Don't squash all over that with CGI

  • May 13, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    The old guy with the dog died I think

    by Orionsangels

  • May 13, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Uncle Travelling Matt wasn't he voiced by Henson?

    by Orionsangels

  • May 13, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    is the world clamoring for Fraggles?

    by Puddleglum

    Only if "fraggles" are a nickname for Megan Fox's breasts.......

  • May 13, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Fraggle Cock

    by The Winged Doucheman

    Those poor dozers always had their projects eaten. Fraggle always seemed like a mature sesame street to me as a kid because it was on HBO, the same network as Revenge of the Nerds and Porky's. Them movies made me the man I am today (sniff)

  • May 13, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    robertplant

    by Pi-Rate

    Not to question your obvious expertise in "ass-turds", but the statement is worded incorrectly. The way it reads grammatically - humans are the ones thinking Fraggles are the aliens. That might not be the way it was intended to be read, but that's the was it IS read - when worded that way. And good luck with that degree in ass-turd-ology.

  • May 13, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Wha?

    by Freedomboy

    Fraggles are cool but BEFORE a B-5 movie?

  • May 13, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    hey, look, it's "I really like Muppets" liar

    by necgray

    and general naysaying douche Fireproof. How did I know you'd chime in on this only to once again take a giant pointless shit all over good news? Do you ever get tired of your own negativity?

  • May 13, 2008, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Fireproof

    by INWOsuxRED

    The muppets messed themselves up by letting Jim Henson die.

  • May 14, 2008, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Fraggle Cock

    by timothyarcher

    I didn't like Fraggle Rock when I was a kid and my opinion hasn't changed. It's like a bunch of concerned middle-aged hippies sat down and thought of an average kids show, then overdeveloped the idea until it's the kids equivalent of mung beans. Supposed to be good for you but you don't understand how or why, and it's no fun, except if you're a concerned middle-aged hippie. Everyone I've spoken to about it thought the show was boring as all fuck too.

  • May 14, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST

    by huggerorange

    the fraggles are creepy

  • May 14, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    I was too young for the Muppets, but i loveeeed

    by barnaby jones

    The Fraggles.

  • May 14, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Frackin Rock

    by This_talkback_is_on_CRAZYPILLS

    Which one will be the cylon?

  • May 14, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Fireproof, you suck. "Deal".

    by necgray

  • May 14, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Slone13

    by Trazadone

    With all due respect, I can't imagine that this (now old franchise) has enough interest to justify a movie now. That would be like making an Electric Company movie. Okay, I would see an Electric Company movie.

  • May 14, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Gorgbusters!!

    by symphy

    http://tinyurl.com/6xswcq :)