Sesame Street

Sesame Workshop

Comedian Bo Burnham is returning to his musical roots for the "Sesame Street" movie.

Burnham is writing songs for the upcoming film starring Anne Hathaway, according to a new Deadline report. Jonathan Krisel is the project's director, and the most recent draft of the script comes from Barry Schwartz. Earlier versions were written by Chris Galletta and Mike Rosolio.

The movie centers on Big Bird and the rest of the "Sesame Street" gang as they mysteriously land in Manhattan. They meet history show host Sally Hawthorne and join forces with her to not only save her show but prove that Sesame Street exists. Meanwhile, they have to contend with an "evil" mayor.

It should be familiar territory for Burnham. The "Eighth Grade" writer-director got his big break in the early 2000s when he was posting original songs to YouTube. However, the tunes Burnham is creating for this latest project will have to be little more family-friendly.

In addition to making music, Burnham does stand-up comedy. He has also had roles in films such as "Rough Night" and "The Big Sick." Next up for him is "Promising Young Woman," alongside Carey Mulligan, Alison Brie, and Connie Britton.

Shawn Levy and Michael Aguilar are producing "The Sesame Street" movie, along with Guymon Casady of Entertainment 360. Mark Gordon will executive produce. The film is scheduled to open Jan. 15, 2021.

[via: Deadline]