The Muppets enjoyed a triumphant return to cinemas earlier this year, and unsurprisingly a sequel is already in the works. The first details have now emerged, courtesy of screenwriter Nicholas Stoller, who says we can expect a comedy caper from the Muppets’ next outing.
“I’m writing with [ original director ] James Bobin,” said Stoller in a recent interview with Collider . “We’ve outlined it over the past couple weeks and we literally started writing it yesterday. The first 13 pages are written.”
“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,” he continues. “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.”
On top of that, Stoller confirmed that the sequel will introduce several new characters, and will also contain scope for a Jason Segel cameo. “Gary and Mary’s story is concluded,” he explains. “There’s not much to say after that for their story, but we follow them up into a caper. It is a comedy caper.”
The sequel is expected to begin filming this autumn ahead of a potential opening in summer 2013. Bring on the dancing chickens!