Josh Gad just shared a page-and-a-half from the script of his cancelled Disney+ Muppet project, Muppets Live Another Day.
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To hopefully brighten your quarantined Tuesday, here’s an excerpt from our unproduced #MuppetsLiveAnotherDay project which was set in the early 80’s. Hope this brings a needed smile to your face. The script, written by me, @adamhorowitzla and Eddy Kitsis was truly one of the most fun things I’ve ever had the honor of working on. Hope to share the whole thing with you all one day! Scroll though.
- Josh Gad took to Instagram to share a page from the script of Muppets Live Another Day.
- The news broke in September that the unannounced Disney+ project had been shelved.
- In that post, Gad shared a description of the show: “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.”
- The project would’ve featured original music from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the songwriting team behind Frozen.
- The script pages feature Rowlf and Steve Martin interacting. If you can’t read the Instagram post, a transcription is below.
The Script Transcribed:
INT. APARTMENT – LIVING ROOM – LATER
CLOSE ON — BROWN FURRY HANDS tickling the ivories. REVEAL — ROWLF sitting at a piano, playing a FUN, PEPPY version of “Chopsticks.” He is accompanied by a BANJO.
Behind the BANJO sits STEVE MARTIN wearing a younger looking GREY WIG. The duo crescendo out of the song and high five.
Thank you, Rowlf. I just wanted to practice it once before my Grandmother’s funeral.
Steve hangs his banjo on his wall alongside 50 other banjos.
Can I offer you a drink?
I’ll have some milk if you don’t mind.
Martin walks into his kitchen.
STEVE MARTIN (o.s.)
So. Have you spoken to the gang lately?
No. Everybody’s off doing their own thing. And Kermit’s still in seclusion. I don’t think he ever recovered from the poor reception.
Rowlf peruses all of Steve Martin’s PICTURES. Each one is of him in a grey wig, even as a baby.
Oof. Neither would I. I mean… I’m sure it’ll all work out.
Martin walks out and puts a dog bowl filled with milk on the floor. Rowlf is perplexed.
(Drops an ice cube in it)
So, what’s next?
Well, aren’t we gearing up for the movie?
Yeah, about that. See, the studio thinks instead of the Four Amigos, we might be better served doing the Three Amigos.
Who’s going to tell Martin Short?
Sadly, my little canine piano virtuoso, you’re the odd dog out.
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