Change is sometimes a good thing, but for creators Adam Horowitz, Eddy Kitsis and Josh Gad, this a change in executives meant the end of their project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trio had been working on the low on a Muppet project for Disney+ titled, Muppets Live Another Day. But due to creative differences, they have decided to walk away from the project and Disney+ has also decided to halt all work on the series.
The report states that the trio had been working with Muppet Studios’ vice president Debbie McClellan on an eight-episode limited series that took place after the events of Muppets Take Manhattan. But when she departed, Disney CEO Bob Iger appointed Disney Parks Live Entertainment senior vice president David Lightbody to take over Muppet Studios. His take on The Muppets did not match what Kitsis, Horowitz, and Gad wanted to do. Lightbody supposedly gave them the opportunity to continue their work on the series with his vision, but the three writers decided to walk away from the show instead of throwing away all their work as well as the concept that they believed in.
It is important to note that this decision to drop this Muppets series for Disney+ will not impact the already-announced unscripted short-form series on the streaming platform that was announced at D23 last month titled, Muppets Now. Muppets Live Another Day is the second planned series from Disney+ that has been dropped. They also recently scrapped their plans for the Disney villains drama Book of Enchantment from showrunner Michael Seitzman due to differences with its dark tone and budget.
Growing up I was a big fan of The Muppets television shows and films, so anytime they have a scrapped project, it’s bad news for me. Still though, Disney+ will have at least one Muppet show for now! Are you looking forward to more Muppets on television? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Disney+ is set to debut on November 12th, 2019.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter