Studio Eyes “Sesame Street” Movie

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Following the huge success of last year’s Muppets reboot, the other major work of the Jim Henson canon may be headed back to the big screen as well. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has picked up the movie rights to Sesame Street and hired Joey Mazzarino, a longtime writer for the show, to author the script.

Shawn Levy is also involved as a producer, although it’s unclear if he would direct the film as well.

It is unclear what form the film will take or which characters it will focus on. There have been two previous Sesame Street movies- “Follow That Bird” in the 1980s and “The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland” a decade later- and while both have fans, neither is considered a classic on par with the movies featuring their Muppet cousins. Big Bird, however, made a cameo in “The Muppet Movie,” while several “Sesame Street” characters were in attendance at the wedding of Kermit and Miss Piggy in “The Muppets Take Manhattan.”

A “Sesame Street” film may have Henson-related competition. A “Muppets” sequel is in the works, while a biopic of Henson himself, called “Muppet Man,” has been in development for several years.

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