Walt Disney Pictures has announced today that their upcoming sequel The Muppets 2 has been given the official title The Muppets... Again!, with production currently under way in London. The studio has also released the first photo, featuring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the Muppets gang on a London subway platform. Not to be outdone, star Ricky Gervais also revealed another photo at a London subway with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. Take a look at the photos, then read the press release for more official details.
The filmmaking team behind 2011's celebrated film The Muppets reunites as Disney's The Muppets... Again! kicked off production last week in London. The all-new global Muppets adventure welcomes Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey to the mayhem, along with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Walter and rest of the Muppets. The film is directed by James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords, Da Ali G Show), who was just nominated for a BAFTA for The Muppets (Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer), and produced by the Academy Award-nominated team of David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (The Fighter, The Proposal). With a screenplay by Bobin and Nick Stoller (The Five-Year Engagement), who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti, The Muppets... Again! will feature music from Academy Award-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords), who won an Oscar for best original song for The Muppets ("Man or Muppet"). The new film will hit the big screen March 21, 2014.
Here's what director James Bobin had to say about the sequel.
"It's great to be back working with the Muppets. Some of them even remember my name occasionally now. As for the movie, it's a tip of the hat to the old-school crime capers of the '60s, but featuring a frog, a pig, a bear and a dog - no panthers, even pink ones - along with the usual Muppet-y mix of mayhem, music and laughs."
Disney's The Muppets... Again! takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine - the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit - and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais, creator of Derek and the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series The Office and Extras. The film stars Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG Award-winning actress and writer Tina Fey (Tina Fey, Tina Fey, Date Night) as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell (TV's Modern Family) as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon.
Here's what Kermit the Frog had to say in a statement.
"This movie takes us places we've never been before. And trust me - this frog has never seen so much international flavor. I think audiences will eat it up - the entertainment, that is."
Featuring a slew of surprising celebrity cameos, Disney's The Muppets... Again! will shoot on location in London and in Hollywood, as well as in the famed Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, just outside of London.