'The Muppets 2' to Be a Crime Caper in Homage to 'The Great Muppet Caper'

Walt Disney Pictures wants to have the sequel in theaters for the summer of 2013, but writer Nicholas Stoller doesn't think it's possible.
The Muppets 2 to be a comedy caper with new Muppet characters
The Muppets 2 to be a comedy caper with new Muppet characters
The Muppets, which made over $160 million worldwide last November, brought some of Jim Henson's most popular characters back into the spotlight after a long hiatus from theater screens, and it was a big enough hit that Walt Disney Pictures wants a sequel.

In fact, they want a sequel as soon as the summer of 2013, but writer Nick Stoller, who wrote the original with Jason Segel, doesn't think that's a possibility for The Muppets 2.

"They want to do it. They want it as soon as possible, which is good. I'm not sure exactly when they want to release it. I think it was something like next summer. I don't think that's realistic in terms of getting it all together in time. But to want to do it so quickly is great. It certainly makes us want to write it quickly. I'm writing with James Bobin. We've outlined it over the past couple weeks and we literally started writing it yesterday. The first 13 pages are written. It is started. It is on."


Collider spoke with Nick Stoller about the plot, and revealed that star Jason Segel, who says he doesn't want to be a part of this sequel, may in fact have a cameo that leads into the follow-up story, which will be taking a page from the original 1981 sequel The Great Muppet Caper.

"There's a cameo possibility in it, definitely. Gary and Mary's story is concluded. There's not much to say after that for their story, but we follow them up into a...I will say, it is a caper. It is a comedy caper. It's similar to the first one. [It] had dramatic connections to the first Muppet movie, but it was a whole new thing, hopefully. This is the same thing. We love The Great Muppet Caper. So this has some elements of that, but it's different because it's in the tone of what [we] like to do."


Nick Stoller also revealed that there will be new Muppet characters introduced in this sequel. To watch the interview: Click Here!

The Muppets was released November 23rd, 2011 and stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Donald Glover, Danny Trejo. The film is directed by James Bobin.

Muppets Most Wanted was released March 21st, 2014 and stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, David Rudman. The film is directed by James Bobin.



Sources: Collider

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  1. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus You typed this in your url and found nothing ? > http://www.keeptothecode.com/bboard/viewtopic.php?=72&t=21451&start=30 . It should work for you! I have it on my favorites and every time i click on it, it comes up with no problem.

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  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @themoviefanatic There's nothing there

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  3. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus Type the link into you're url box. That's the way to get to it, better then highlighting it and going to it from there, because it'll just end up taking you back to another webpage here on movieweb.com . So, typing the link to it in your url is the only way to get to it, i found that out myself before i put in my favorites.

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  4. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus Someone i have talked to on the forum of the website called keeptothecode.com, on one of the forum threads there, told me that she had contacted Walt Disney Studios and asked who ever it was that she was talking to from there, about what year Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will be released to theaters, told her that it is coming out to theaters in 2014. You can find my conversation i had with here on there on a forum thread called "New details have surfaced about Pirates of the Caribbean 5". Or you can find it easier here > http://www.keeptothecode.com/bboard/viewtopic.php?f=72&t=21451&start=30

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  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @themoviefanatic And tell us, where is it confirmed that Pirates will be released in 2014?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. justatadmatt

    excited for this, but definitely don't want it rushed.

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  7. CelluloidDreams

    Hella Cool!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  8. SpaceCowboy

    The Great Muppet Caper was my favorite of the Muppet movies (right after last year's of course).

    2 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  9. ROFLitschristian

    I don't care if it's about them having a talk show. It's - the - Muppets!

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  10. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus Yes, It is inevitable! The Lone Ranger pushed back Pirates 5 to 2014. Pirates 5 was originally going to be released in 2013, and Maleficent is coming to theaters most likely around 2 months before Pirates 5 gets released to theaters in 2014.

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  11. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus Yes, it does because Maleficent is a Disney movie that is coming to theaters in March 2014, which is about 2 months before Pirates 5 gets released to theaters in 2014. Also, They wont be filming Pirates 5 this year for a 2013 theatrical release, because The Lone Ranger took away Pirates of the Caribbean 5's chance to be released in 2013. The Lone Ranger was going to be released in 2012 and then it was moved back to 2013, causing Pirates of the Caribbean 5 to be pushed back to 2014.

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  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Maleficent's release date has nothing to do with Pirates release date

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  13. Sean

    @ghostman No, i insist! Tell me, what is it you're saying i don't get ?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  14. Ghostman

    @themoviefanatic Nevermind. You wouldn't understand.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  15. Sean

    @ghostman Okay, what is it that you're saying i don't get ?

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  16. Ghostman

    @dan1 See, he still doesn't get it.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  17. Sean

    @dan1 There wasn't anything he said for me to "get", that he had said to me before.

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  18. Dan

    @ghostman I love how he doesn't get it... You're killing me here... lol

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  19. greyhame

    It's good that they want to make another movie, but it's not good that they want it "rushed". If I remember correctly, that's what happened to "Muppets From Space" which really sent the muppets into theatrical hiatus. If Disney wants the same magic they had witth the first film, it's best that you give the writers the time they need and the production the time it needs, otherwise the film won't be as good and the muppets will disappear from theaters for another 12 years.

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  20. Sean

    @ghostman Yes, Thanks for letting me know :) . I think that now that we know what Maleficents full theatrical release date is which is "March 14th 2014" and is closer to what Pirates 5's might be, it does look like we may be getting much closer to Pirates 5's full theatrical release date being announced.

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  21. Ghostman

    Yet again another 2013 announced film from Disney this time @themoviefanatic Looks like we might be getting a release date soon for Pirates 5.

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