Warner Bros. Drops Kevin Clash Puppet Movie After Sex Scandal

The disgraced 'Sesame Street' puppeteer was working with the studio on a secret movie project about a child's stuffed animal that comes to life.
Warner Bros. cuts ties with puppeteer Kevin Clash's untitled project
Warner Bros. cuts ties with puppeteer Kevin Clash's untitled project
Last month, Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from the PBS program Sesame Street, in the aftermath of a scandal where he allegedly had sexual relations with underage boys. Today, we have word that Warner Bros. has stepped away from a proposed feature that Kevin Clash was developing.

The puppeteer has been developing the project since this past summer, and would have featured a new character. Here's a brief description of the story, as described in a leaked development document.

"A Calvin and Hobbes kind of movie about a kid and his stuffed animal that takes on a life of its own because of the child's imagination."

In other words, it sounds like a different version of this year's hit summer comedy Ted. It isn't known if the now-dead project was going to be shot entirely in live-action or if it would have featured CGI animation. The unnamed lead character was reportedly inspired by the WB's Ralph Phillips, who appeared in a series of 1950s Looney Tunes short films.

Dan Lin and Roy Lee were both attached to produce, although it isn't clear if they are still involved, or if Kevin Clash plans on shopping the project around to another studio.

Sources: Vulture

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Comments (34)

  1. TheStonedReviewer

    the guy is inocent until proven guilty so i think all this is a bit of a witch hunt, yeah he could well be guilty or these allegations might be false and have already destroyed his life.

    1 year agoby @stonedFlag

  2. Josh

    @thedude1 Not legally, but that's kind of condescending and weird.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  3. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson Cause his movie idea is not happening.

    1 year agoby @cryptFlag

  4. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @thedude1 yea "Henson Entertainment" would've backed him up but if he really did do it...The Muppets and Their friends Sesame street would be out of business permanently

    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson lol calm done dude or the league of super haters will come out in play on you and me dude lol

    1 year agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  5. TheDude1

    @shuabert Since they were all under age they can't consent to sex.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  6. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx merry christmas you saucy boy ;)

    1 year agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  7. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @monkeyiron2-0 ;) you know it :L
    how you doing pal?

    1 year agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  8. Josh

    @thedude1 He's accused of statutory rape. As far as I know, none of the accusers have alleged that the relationships were not consensual.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  9. TheDude1

    @monkeyiron2-0 That true but if it was a flawed lawsuit he should have let it play out in court. I'm sure the station would have supported him.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  10. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @thedude1 true or maybe he was trying not bring trouble to Street or Elmo

    1 year agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  11. TheDude1

    @monkeyiron2-0 He is accused of rape. I will hold judgement until he has a trail but him stepping aside from Sesame Street sort of shows he knew he was guilty.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  12. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson you remind me of me.....trolling for fun hahahaha gud times man gud times

    1 year agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  13. Monkeyiron 2.0

    @thedude1 true but than again he probably did it to not draw bad publicity to a child a.k.a Elmo....sidenote: what he do again

    1 year agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  14. TheDude1

    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson True he is innocent until proven guilty however him stepping away from Sesame Street clearly showed he was somewhat guilty.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag

  15. Nicholaus XX

    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson -- Go away, ranting child.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  16. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @dan1 ??? Like we want it

    1 year agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  17. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @shuabert at last somebody has a brain on him and isnt spewing repulsive snide jibes and comments

    1 year agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  18. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @thedude1 till proven guilty

    1 year agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  19. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @crypt so why did you thumbs up?

    1 year agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  20. zeus

    @artkid04 Lol. Should had stayed on the street!!

    1 year agoby @zeusFlag

  21. artkid04

    wasn't that movie called Ted

    1 year agoby @artkid04Flag

  22. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    God forbid the project promotes rape

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag