Fresh off the news of the announcement of The Muppets' sequel title and a first Muppets… Again! image, Movie Fanatic spoke with producer Todd Lieberman for his latest, the astounding Warm Bodies, and naturally, we had to get his take on The Muppets sequel announcement. “I can’t wait for people to see it. We’re shooting now,” Lieberman said exclusively.
The producer has had a wide variety of films carry his producing name, from The Fighter, The Proposal, The Muppets, Warm Bodies and now Muppets…Again!
“I only flew back for the Warm Bodies premiere. [I went] from London to New York to visit my mom for her 70th birthday, then to LA for the premiere,” Lieberman admitted. "Then I’m back to London for more Muppets. All these time zones are taxing on my brain and my body, but I’m thrilled!”
When asked how far into shooting the film that will feature Modern Family star Ty Burrell as the headliner as it was announced that Jason Segel is not involved in The Muppets sequel, Lieberman reported that they are into the heart of it.
“We’re in our second week of shooting,” he said. “It’s gone amazingly well. It’s an unbelievable amount of fun.”
Unlike the re-establishing nature of the first film, the second movie in this new and revitalized Muppet universe will recall The Great Muppet Caper. It involves the Muppet gang as they cross Europe on a triumphant tour until they get drawn into the world of jewel thief Constantine, and his nefarious scheme.
New faces abound beyond Burrell’s Interpol agent, with Ricky Gervais portraying Constantine’s sidekick and Tina Fey as a Russian prison guard.
Lieberman promises that the musical aspect that made Muppet movies famous will still be a huge part of Muppets… Again!, including the return of the man who won an Oscar for the last film.
“We got Bret McKenzie back to do the music! It has tons of new songs, and some old favorites,” Lieberman said. When we spoke to the composer in our Bret McKenzie exclusive interview, he was hoping to be able to return!
If it appears the producer is pleased with what he’s seen so far, there is no question. “I’m really proud of the group of people we put together to work on this movie. I think that people are going to like it. It’s really fun and the cast that we put together -- we’re thrilled.”
When asked if Christoph Waltz had joined the cast, as rumored, Lieberman simply said, “I can’t say either way.”
Stay with Movie Fanatic for more on The Muppets…Again! and don’t miss my full Warm Bodies interview with Lieberman going live January 31.