Warner Bros. Drops Kevin Clash Puppet Movie After Sex Scandal
Last month, Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from the PBS program Sesame Street, in the aftermath of a scandal where he allegedly had sexual relations with underage boys. Today, we have word that Warner Bros. has stepped away from a proposed feature that Kevin Clash was developing.
The puppeteer has been developing the project since this past summer, and would have featured a new character. Here's a brief description of the story, as described in a leaked development document.
"A Calvin and Hobbes kind of movie about a kid and his stuffed animal that takes on a life of its own because of the child's imagination."
In other words, it sounds like a different version of this year's hit summer comedy Ted. It isn't known if the now-dead project was going to be shot entirely in live-action or if it would have featured CGI animation. The unnamed lead character was reportedly inspired by the WB's Ralph Phillips, who appeared in a series of 1950s Looney Tunes short films.