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Check out these MUPPETS set pics!

Published at: Nov. 14, 2010, 1:52 a.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I'm genuinely jazzed at a new, big Muppet movie in the works, especially coming from a group of such obvious fanboys of the originals as Jason Segel and Co. I read an early draft of the script (back when it was titled THE GREATEST MUPPET MOVIE EVER MADE instead of simply "The Muppets") and fell in love. It's a "getting the band back together" story where the Muppets have all parted ways and must be drawn back together to save their legacy from an oil tycoon. I'm not sure exactly what's changed, but I think the structure is the same. One of the internet's nicest people, Peter Sciretta over at Slashfilm, snapped some pictures of the refurbished exterior of the current Henson Studios building now representing "Muppet Studios." As you can see from the pics the place is run down and in much disrepair. I'm gonna tease you with two photos from Slashfilm's story, but make sure to click on either (or right here) to visit their original story and see many more.



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  • Nov. 14, 2010, 1:55 a.m. CST

    This will suck

    by LowDevil

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Did i mention this will suck?

    by LowDevil

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST

    ya cant beat the muppet's...

    by hirsty

    ...shame really!

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2 a.m. CST

    I am so getting totally stoned and seeing this.

    by shalashaska

    I hope its in 3D too.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Dr. Teeth in full effect!

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    I wager that this shall not sucketh, and that it shall rocketh

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Fuck you LowDevil

    by DarthMusashi2112

    Muppet hater.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Thats not a set Thats actually Jim Henson Studios..

    by MyNameisSimon

    On Sunset and LaBrea.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Sometimes I look at the pictures before reading the info. Doh.

    by MyNameisSimon

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    kill elmo

    by The_Black_Vegetable

    that little red bastard

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Danny Trejo vs Miss Piggy I hope.

    by Fred

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    An Oil Tycoon? Seriously?

    by Cash907

    He'd better be British, that's all I'm gonna say. The last great American oil tycoon was T. Boone Pickens, and he just lost his shirt trying to sell wind farms to the American people.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Quint, your use of the English language....

    by Ray Gamma

    Your use of the English language is appalling.</P> <P> Seriously, just look at this confusing paragraph and tell me what it actually means: "One of the internet's nicest people, Peter Sciretta over at Slashfilm, snapped some pictures of the refurbished exterior of the current Henson Studios building now representing "Muppet Studios." As you can see from the pics the place is run down and in much disrepair."

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Whats that beaker?

    by The_Black_Vegetable

    the muppets are victems of greedy multinational oil companies? GAD ZUKES!

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Do we know if the original performers are back?

    by darthvedder81

    I'm assuming Steve Whitmire and Dave Goelz are in but what of Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson? This would automatically make this project 12x better. Still not sure about having a celebrity voicing a Muppet–that's not in sync with the Muppet movies of the past.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:54 a.m. CST

    So it is THE COUNTRY BEARS with smaller puppets?

    by jimbojones123

    Ugh. ORIGINAL IDEAS FOLKS! Hell, they did this for one of their Christmas specials a few years back. Geez! Baseball Diamond, that was creative. Do something totally off the wall like that!

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST

    It's awesome Henson Studios is across from a Strip Club.

    by Pixelsmack

    You're standing there having a smoke at Crazy Girls strip Club and as you stare across the street you see Kermit.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST

    And Chris Walken is a better evil oil tycoon

    by jimbojones123

    Than Chris Cooper

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Buddy comedy + Muppets?

    by Larry Sellers

    Kind of an odd concept. But I do like Segel/Rudd. Try visiting the link. Sounds a bit more interesting.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Wrong sounding Muppets

    by Chief Joseph

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc3R34cbYyk <br><br> I hope they get some better voice impersonators to replace Henson and Hunt.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    I hope this is good...

    by BarryConvex

    When Henson died, the charm and magic of the muppets died with him. I just hope that the filmmakers can recapture that magic, because the muppets definitely deserve a comeback.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 4:04 a.m. CST

    I was all for the Muppets until the Lady Gaga cameo :P

    by Grooveraider

    YOU HAD TO RUIN IT WITH THAT OVERRATED BITCH !

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST

    What, no Weezer?

    by davidwebb

    Those guys have pretty much kept the Muppets in the public consciousness this last few years - albeit because of just one promo video.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 4:16 a.m. CST

    a Muppets porno

    by Rocco Curioso

    Some bold & daring soul needs to thumb his nose at both common decency and the heirs of the Henson estate, and GET that mug humpin'!<P>Sex sells... always has, always will.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Ray Gamma

    by BadMrWonka

    if the Grammar Nazis ha a guild, I would be the AICN representative.<p> Unfortunately, your example was not particularly egregious, confusing, or incorrect. I see a missed comma, but I can follow what's going on.<p> Truly, if you like to feast on run-on sentences, forgotten clauses, bad spelling, and incomprehensible structure, you need to wait for a Harry review. (You know I love you, Big Guy!)

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Henson Studios redressed as "Muppet Studios"

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    To clarify, the movie is using the actual Henson Studios to stand in as "Muppet Studios" in the screenplay. It's kind of meta.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Rocco Curioso

    by BarryConvex

    If you crave muppet depravity, then I suggest you watch Peter Jackson's "Meet the Feebles".

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 5:09 a.m. CST

    thanks, BarryConvex

    by Rocco Curioso

    Naw, mate... it's not as though I have some dark, hidden fetish for Muppets stooping to the obvious level of decadence. One could, within context, nearly judge "The Lovely Bones" as being PJ's (more polished) bookend to "Meet The Feebles". Strange fellow, Mister Jackson.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 5:25 a.m. CST

    I Love You, Man muppet-style!

    by Joely_Boy

    Totes McGoats!

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Muppets

    by BuffyFaithtribyeah

    I love miss piggy crazy irrational sexy bitch ass!

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Noooooo!!! I have unitentionally opened the floodgates!

    by Rocco Curioso

    "Doing" a Muppet (same sex or opposite) is *not* OK, people! It still counts as bestiality.<P>Which, BTW, is illegal in many states. Seek solace in Jesus, and the recuperative power of pounding Mr. Puddy.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 6:16 a.m. CST

    slashgilm is brilliant

    by Potatino

    really great movie news page and brilliant podcasts. there i had to say it

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST

    slashfilm is good too!

    by Potatino

    damn you typo!!

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Tupac Muppet

    by Anything But Tangerines

    any news on the tupac shakur muppet?

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    LowDevil blows

    by slone13

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Did i mention LowDevil blows?

    by slone13

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST

    jimbojones123

    by slone13

    You may be the only person that saw THE COUNTRY BEARS.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    i thought...

    by chainsaw_shawn

    the muppets was finished? who cares about them anymore?

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    I'm rooting for this one.

    by rbatty024

    I actually really enjoyed Muppets from Space. Sure, the Gonzo origin story was unnecessary, but it was genuinely funny, which is where it counts. In fact, The Muppets have a pretty good track record when it comes to their feature length films. Let's hope Segal and company can capture some of that magic.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Cant be worse than Muppet Wizard of Oz

    by frankenberry

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    ZOOEY DESCHANEL IS MS. PIGGY!!!!!!!

    by wackybantha

    MAKE IT SO!!!!!!!

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Jason Segel is

    by BYOBkenobi

    a giant piece of shit. The guy is fucking terrible.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Just have all the muppets be the protaganists

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    Having a loser lonely muppet who brings them all back together sounds like a boring movie i wouldn't watch more than once, and wouls be too embarrased to go see in the movies.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Slone, and that was a Blues Brothers ripoff

    by jimbojones123

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    these guys are douchebags acting like theyre some sort of huge f

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    of the muppets, more so than anyone else and are assuring us they are the right ones for the job. the only reight one for the job is Henson, this movie will be uneven and lame. RIP THE MUPPETS.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    How are they going to frame Jason and the Muppets in the same sh

    by blackmantis

    Jason is nine feet tall and the muppets are like two. I pity the cameraman.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Gonzos_Schlong_in_3-D!!!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Actually (@Tikidonkeypunch)...

    by Rocco Curioso

    I was kinda leaning towards a 3-man BF train with the Swedish Chef and Statler & Waldorf, with the Swede as the "Lucky Pierre". And a good time was had by all :>).<P>Miss Piggy giving Kermit a rimjob would also suffice.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    The first 2 films are great

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    And they are both "getting the band back together" films. not sure a third trip down that road is the way to go, but I will reserve judgement.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Never got into the Muppets.

    by phifty2

    Although, and this must be caps, EMMET OTTER'S JUGBAND CHRISTMAS is one of the greatest films ever. <p> I hope Emmet or The Nightmare make a cameo. <p> Riverbottom nightmare band! Duh Duh duh, Duh Duh duh, Duh Duh Duh Duuuuh dodododododdodo!

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Will we get to see Skeeter as a Muppet for the 1st time?

    by Monkey_King

    Dedication to Barbara Billingsley aka 'Nanny' would be nice. Wish we had more news/pics on this and POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL. The only thing Henson is offering on POTDC is a T-shirt through their site.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    "We don't brush our teeth 'cause our

    by phifty2

    tooth aches help us stay mean" <p> "The grass does not grow on the places where we stop and staaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand Riverbottom Nightmare band"

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, I was into Muppet babies.

    by phifty2

    I remember one episode where they were all waking up from a nap and they showed the read out of all the marines from the Sulaco in ALIENS.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Big Oil Killed.......

    by closeencounter

    The Muppets. Un-frackin'-believable. Another desperate attempt for Big Hollywood to attack Big Business. Yes, that's right Big Hollywood. Biggest corporation in the world. Fuckin' liberals........

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    I hope Rowlf is in this movie.

    by Triple_J_72

    I've noticed that Rowlf the Dog, one of my favorites, had basically vanished ever since Jim Henson died.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    This is Disney, not Henson

    by Nem_Wan

    Article and talkback mention Henson multiple times and Disney not once. Wow. They didn't change it to "Muppet Studios" for the movie. The Jim Henson Company has been Muppet-less since 2004 when they sold the Muppets to Disney. Muppet Studios LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Disney. The Henson Co. continues on separately developing non-Muppet projects.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    A plot so old there's a headstone on it

    by FeralAngel

    Agree with the TB who said the Mups have used that plot before - in a movie AND a Christmas special. ZZZZZZZZ. Which means they really have no new stories to tell, so why bother with this, really? And Jason Segal is an overrated dweeb who's best gag involved his winkle. He seems to have a fetish for those puppets and has duped Disney into indulging it. Feh.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

    by HansBubi

    A truly great movie for kids and adults. The outtakes on the DVD are some of the best outtakes for a kids movie.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Lady Gaga?

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    if anything Madonna has earned the right to be in a Muppet movie not some one trick pony that will probably tire of her constant publicity and costume changes and just try to be an actress anyways, and fail.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST

    HansBubi

    by phifty2

    My DVD doesn't list any outtakes on the back of the box. Although it is the earlier version which has Kermit introducing the story. At least I think it is, he's on the cover, I got to pop that thing in and I will soon enough. I try to watch it every Christmas.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    this is hilarious

    by darth_aig

    girl gets mistakenly put on college's committee email list, she pranks them pretty good: http://meowheretohelpmeow.blogspot.com/

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    The Muppets suck now

    by disfigurehead

    Owned by Di$ney, no longr edgy.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Can't wait for this!

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    You gotta love the Muppets! It has been too long since they made a good "epic" type of film. That is when the Muppets are at their best! <p>But...a "Big oil" tycoon villain?</p> Why not a BIG MEDIA tycoon villain?</p> <p>Oh wait. Hollywood loves to paint oil companies as "the boogey man" -- and then make their films out of materials derived from, you guessed it, crude oil. </p>

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I've been in Henson studios

    by PJoseph

    it's totally cool in there. I'm excited that they are using that location.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    a metaphor

    by GaryBuseyTeeth

    Jason Segel taking a shit in Kermit's mouth

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Same old, same old

    by marianpaul

    Nothing against The Muppets, frankly I love The Muppets, but why, oh why do they have to use the cliched bad guy, Oil Baron. I guarantee that a person who works in the oil and gas industry would be more appreciative of freedom than some movie executive or bureaucrat.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Oil Baron needs to be Daniel Day-Lewis

    by TitusPullo

    "Did you think your song and dance and your superstition would help you, Kermit? I am the Third Revelation! I am who the Lord has chosen!"

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Too bad Muppet Babies will NEVER be released on DVD

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Licencing all of the incessant movie and TV clips would be expensive as hell.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    dad, what's a muppet?

    by MrHyde

    well. it's not quite a mop. and it's not quite a puppet. but man...can they ever...ahahaha..haha...wheeew. to answer your question i don't know.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    All you wussy children bashing ....Muppets

    by crankyoldguy

    What a sorry bunch you are. And then you'll go on about a piece of pure shit with nothing to offer that's fun or life-affirming, like a "Saw." Movie. When you all grow up, you can come back. But leave for now.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Can't. Wait.

    by SithMenace

    If they can recapture the feel of the first film and season one of the Muppet Show, this is gonna be a sure winner. I just hope they get all of the voices right. Hopefully it'll be good enough to jump start a new film franchise and maybe even a new weekly show. Kids need something like the Muppets these days.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    All you old farts gushing over...Muppets

    by FeralAngel

    What a sorry bunch you are. And then you'll go on about a piece of pure nostalgia that ran its course a long time ago, kinda like YOU, and hope that if it comes back you'll be young again. DREAM ON. Now drink your Geritol and when you're regular again, come back. We're sick of smelling your farts.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    feralangel

    by darkpassenger

    those comments make you feel better about yourself? pathetic loser

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Can we all finally agree that the Muppets died when Jim died

    by boogel

    How long is this going to take. We now have what...25 years worth of horrible muppet movies. Not a one has come close to what he did. Please, someone buy the rights and retire those poor pieces of felt. I'm sure we could find a way to repay you with the dimes and nickles of children across the country who's dreams won't be sullied by zombie-Henson.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    FeralAngel

    by DrPhilHartman

    Dude, Geritol doesn't keep you regular, its a vitamin. Someday, you will know stuff.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    OH NO

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    COUNTRY BEAR HALL HAS BEEN CRUSHED

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    George Lucas didn't rape my childhood

    by DiscoGodfather

    This TB did. Congratulations everyone!

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    "to save their legacy from an oil tycoon"

    by Immortal_Fish

    Of course. As opposed to saving their legacy from an anti-coal politician.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    I'll be there opening night!!!!!

    by FleshMachine

    i have a feeling this might restore my muppet madness

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Muppet haters: Fuck you, you souless fucks.

    by FleshMachine

    i agree post henson muppets were weak: but henson era muppets were/are pure magic.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Hating muppets says more about you

    by FleshMachine

    than it does the muppets

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Geritol is a vitamin?

    by FeralAngel

    Really? Does it come in the shape of Muppets for all those old farts out there, like those Flintstone vitamins for kids?

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Liking muppets says more about you

    by FeralAngel

    than your lack of a social life.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    This film will be the equivalent of a Disney cheapquel

    by FeralAngel

    Nothing can tarnish the original Muppet movie, except maybe all the much-much-lesser films that emerged after Jim's death. Kinda like what Cinderella II did to Cinderella. Agreed, boogel. The REAL Muppets died with Jim Henson. Why won't people just let them rest?

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST

    I'm 100% behind this new muppet movie

    by cylon_conspiracy

    I do agree the oil tycoon is a stupid villain, and I would love to see a media figure or perhaps the corrupt muppet union has forced all muppet studios type work over seas. But aside from that, I'm really looking forward to seeing it. Just good vibes all around.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    muppet union has forced all muppet studios type work over seas

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    LOL. Moron.

  • Nov. 14, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Margot_Tenenbaum

    by cylon_conspiracy

    Suck it and swallow it.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Of all the celebrities out there to offer screentime in a

    by Quadrillionaire

    Muppet movie, why the fuck Lady Gaga?

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    FeralAngel...

    by Happyfat73

    .... Apparently Geritol is also a good remedy for sandy vaginas. Go get yourself a bottle.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Will Lady Gaga play a Muppet poacher?

    by DiscoGodfather

    Have you seen the Kermit coat? http://tinyurl.com/2cpjnl7

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Seriously... offering Lady Gaga a role is basically

    by ScaryWaitress

    brilliant... I mean, how else to make the Muppets perfectly believable in a real world setting? Especially when you know they're probably going to CGI the shit out of them. Why? 'Cause they can... and because it's cheaper than paying gifted puppeteers to operate them 100% of the time... anyway, having Lady Gaga in there will make the Muppets look effing normal. Hell, she's basically a human version of Animal as it is.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    BIG FAN!

    by 2for2true

    Love the two old dudes who sit in the balcony and crack wise on everyone.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Gaga would rock in a Muppet Movie!!

    by BilboRing

    She is a perfect match for them. I hope this movie kicks ass and makes tons of money. I love the muppets and they need to get back into the minds of kids again.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Just watched a little of Muppets Take Manhattan the other day.

    by HoboCode

    Forgot how god damn hilarious that movie was.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    I'll take your word for it, Happyfat73

    by FeralAngel

    But thanks anyway. There's nothing like getting advice from an expert.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Gaga could take Doc Hopper's role

    by FeralAngel

    She could be the new Cruella De Vil, on the hunt for Muppet-skin coats, only to find out that Kermit himself is already a coat (Jim Henson made his first Kermit puppet out of his mom's old felt jacket). Oh, the irony!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    The best Muppet anything is the Xmas special with Fraggles and S

    by paulmkelly

    They can't show the parts with the Fraggles or the Seaseme Street characters anymore, but someone uploaded the original version on YouTube last year. It's the best Muppet movie.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Is Rashida Jones funny?

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    I can't understand why she keeps being cast in comedies.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    FUCK TEH MUPPETS

    by doom master

    what have they done since the 80s? Muppet Movie/Great Muppet Caper/Muppets Take Manhattan THATS IT. The rest of FAIL after Jim Henson kicked his frog and croaked. Please bury this 80s icon and also please have Disney STOP ANAL RAPING THEM!

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Amy Adams and the Muppets...

    by DrewMcWeenyOwnsYouAll

    ...a dream come true!