It’s possibly a reaction to the goodwill generated by The Muppets revival, but now THR is reporting that Fox has acquired the rights to Sesame Street for a feature film. They are said to have tapped series writer Joey Mazzarino to pen the scrip, along with Producers are Shawn Levy and his 21 Laps company, Michael Aguilar, Mark Gordon and Film 360’s Guymon Casady.
Now entering its fifth decade on television screens, Sesame Street is an institution. Based on the Muppets created by Jim Henson, Sesame Street debuted on the US public broadcasted PBS at the end of 1969. Since then, the show has broken records by earning 118 Emmy Awards, more than any other shows. It has international co-productions all over the world, and has spawned scores of spin-offs, not least of which was The Muppet Show.
There have been two previous Sesame Street films: the 1980s classic Follow That Bird (1985) and cash-machine The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999).
Levy, the director of Night at the Museum, Date Night and Real Steel, will begin shooting his comedy The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, in July.