Sesame Street movie in the works
Story by Jack Foley
A FILM version of Sesame Street is reportedly in development.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Twentieth Century Fox has bought the film rights to the iconic TV show and intends to enlist Sesame Street writer Joey Mazzarino to pen the script.
It follows the box office success of The Muppets, which took $158m (£100m) earlier this year, featuring another set of Jim Henson’s fuzzy creations.
While The Muppets boast iconic characters such as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear, Sesame Street‘s best known creations include Elmo, Big Bird and Bert and Ernie.
Unlike The Muppets, who exist to entertain, Sesame Street was created essentially as an educational children’s show, which also features the likes of the Cookie Monster.
It combines live-action, puppetry and animation and has won more than 100 Emmy Awards during its lengthy run.
Celebrities including David Beckham, Ricky Gervais and Julia Roberts have had cameos, while musicians such as Paul Simon and REM have all contributed songs.
According to the report, the film could be directed by Night At The Museum‘s Shawn Levy although Fox itself has yet to make any comment.
Levy is, however, due to start filming new comedy The Internship later this summer, which will reunite Wedding Crashers stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.