Hollywood is fond of cannibalizing old cartoons and children's TV shows, but have you noticed that most of them are programs that no one cared about anyway (ahem Speed Racer ahem)? That's why today's announcement is special, because it looks like they're gonna make a film version of something that actually has a cache of devoted fans: Fraggle Rock.

That's right, children of the '80s! Dance your cares away; worries for another day. The 1983-87 HBO series about an underground race of Jim Henson puppets is on The Weinstein Company's fast track for production. Cinematicalreported way back in October 2006 that a writer had been found in Ahmet Zappa (son of legendary rocker Frank Zappa), but that's not who the Weinsteins are going with. (He'll be the executive producer instead.) According to Variety, the film will be written and directed by Cory Edwards, who made the mediocre and long-forgotten 2005 cartoon Hoodwinked.

Fraggle Rock will be live-action; it will be a musical; and it will be produced by the Jim Henson Co., which of course owns the rights to the characters. Variety says the TV show's five central characters, Gobo (whom Variety calls "Gogo"), Wembley, Mokey, Boober, and Red, will still be the focus. It sounds like the Weinsteins aren't interested in deviating much from the TV show's format, which is good.

No word yet on a tentative release date, but we'll definitely keep you posted. In the meantime, what do you think about this news? Are you excited? Apathetic? Apprehensive?
categories Cinematical