Jason Segal did it with The Muppets in 2011, now Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to produce and star in the upcoming live-action Fraggle Rock film.
The movie is based on the 1980s musical puppet series developed by the legendary Jim Henson, who for the rest of his life remained the leading figure in puppetry. The Fraggles are creatures who live in caves and are only visible to children and animals. With humor and a song or two, it quickly became a popular program for kids…including a young Gordon-Levitt.
"The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations," noted Gordon-Levitt during an interview with Variety on Thursday. "First on Sesame Street, and then on Fraggle Rock. Jim Henson's characters make you laugh and sing, but they're also layered, surprising, and wise."
The actor added that he's "grateful and excited" to be working on this project with The Henson Co., Lisa Henson, and New Regency.
The Fraggle Rock film has been in development since 2011, though Gordon-Levitt's involvement seems to have finally got the ball rolling.
At this time, Fraggle Rock has yet to receive an official production schedule or release date. The fact that Gordon-Levitt is currently busy with the upcoming films Snowden and The Walk suggests it might be a while before the beloved children's classic hits the big screen.
Gordon-Levitt has not revealed what character he will be playing in the film, though it is believed that he will star as a human introduced to the Fraggle's world.