On the road with The Five Year Engagement, co-writer of The Muppets Nicholas Stoller sat down with Collider and spilled some big information on the current status of the sequel to one of the best films of the last year. Not only has writing commenced, but there is the possibility of a Jason Segel cameo, new characters and a 2013 release!
In the interview with Collider, Stoller stated: “I’m writing with James Bobin. We’ve outlined it over the past couple weeks and we literally started writing it yesterday. The first 13 pages are written”.
According to the source, Disney are keen to get the film out as soon as possible: “They really want it. It’s very…it was very encouraging and exciting. I’ve never been part of a franchise before. They want to do it. They want it as soon as possible, which is good. I’m not sure exactly when they want to release it. I think it was something like next summer, but I don’t know if that’s…I don’t think that that’s realistic in terms of getting it all together in time. But to want to do it so quickly is great. It certainly makes us want to write it quickly”.
Although Jason Segel previously killed any speculation that he might return to the film, Stoller is not ruling out the possibility of a cameo: “Right now, yeah, there’s a cameo possibility in it, definitely. Gary and Mary’s story is concluded. There’s not much to say after that for their story, but we follow them up into a…I will say, it is a caper. It is a comedy caper”.
So what can we expect? Stoller expands on the idea of it being a comedy caper: “I think it’s similar to the first one in that the first one certainly had dramatic connections to the first Muppet movie, but it was a whole new thing, hopefully. This is the same thing. We love The Great Muppet Caper and we love Muppets Take Manhattan and whatnot. So this has some elements of that, but it’s different because it’s in the tone of what James and I like to do…We are introducing new characters. That’s really fun to do”.
Check out the full interview over at the excellent Collider.