Disney+ will have a vast library of content including a lot of new original shows and movies. Unfortunately, that library will not include an original Muppets project from Josh Gad, as the actor shared today on his Instagram.

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Misinformation is my least favorite kind of information so I thought I’d take a minute to clarify some news that broke today. After a little over a year and a half of working on a project called “Muppets Live Another Day,” @adamhorowitzla #eddykitsis and I have decided, with a heavy heart, to walk away. Some times creative differences are just that. The project, with original songs by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Lopez was to be directed by the great Jason Moore, (director of “Avenue Q” and “Pitch Perfect”). It was meant to be a limited event series that picked up a year after “Muppets Take Manhattan” and was essentially about what happens after you’ve reached the end of the rainbow. It was going to be Muppets by way of Stranger Things and feel like a movie spread over 6-8 episodes. Part of the joy for us, by placing the Muppets in the middle of the 1980’s, was to subvert and comment on our current love for all things nostalgia while at the same time allowing the characters to tell a story that would ultimately lead to and end in present day, revealing some secrets along the way. It has been one of the great joys of all of our lives to write words for these iconic characters. We wish this franchise all the best and thank our partners at Disney+ and ABC Studios for the opportunity to develop something so fun and outside the box. They have been nothing but supportive and terrific and we can’t wait to play again in other sandboxes. While it is sad, I have no doubt this franchise, under its new leadership will find new and wonderful stories to tell. My only hope is that one day you can all hear the BRILLIANT music by Bobby and @kristenlopez5681 wrote for Kermit and company. The music is next level good. In the meantime, Adam, Eddy and I are already cooking up new fun ideas that we cannot wait to share. Until then, long live “The Muppets.” They have given us joy for over 40 years and I have no doubt they will continue to bring us joy for the next 40 years.

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  • The previously unannounced Muppets series was to be titled Muppets Live Another Day, according to Gad’s post.
  • Gad had apparently been working on the project for “a little over a year and a half” with writer/producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.
  • Horowitz and Kitsis have previously worked together as producers on the hit ABC series Once Upon a Time and as writers of Disney’s Tron: Legacy.
  • Gad is of course known for many Disney roles, including LeFou in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast and the voice of the beloved snowman Olaf in Frozen.
  • The project was to be directed by Jason Moore, known for his work on the Pitch Perfect films, and was to include original songs from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, best known for creating the music of Disney’s Frozen.
  • Gad offered the following description of the project:
    • It was meant to be a limited event series that picked up a year after “Muppets Take Manhattan” and was essentially about what happens after you’ve reached the end of the rainbow. It was going to be Muppets by way of Stranger Things and feel like a movie spread over 6-8 episodes. Part of the joy for us, by placing the Muppets in the middle of the 1980’s, was to subvert and comment on our current love for all things nostalgia while at the same time allowing the characters to tell a story that would ultimately lead to and end in present day, revealing some secrets along the way.
  • Gad sited creative differences as the reason for walking away from the project.

 
 

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