Walt Disney Studios has made several announcements regarding its upcoming film slate:
- Planes 2: Fire and Rescue in 3D is slated for release on July 18, 2014
- Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland has been re-scheduled for December 12, 2014 (up from December 19)
- Two ‘Untitled’ films from Marvel Studios have been slated for May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017
- The Muppets… Again has been renamed to Muppets Most Wanted
- Saving Mr. Banks opens for limited release on December 13, 2013. Wide release remains December 20, 2013
Nearly a year ago, we speculated that Disney Theatrical may have been working on creating a staged production involving the Muppets. Fast forward to last month (via today) and Variety is reporting that Disney Theatrical has in fact taken steps towards making it a reality.
According to the article, a fifteen minute segment was produced last month at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the future home of ‘Aladdin’ — another story we helped to break.
The article quotes Disney Theatrical head Thomas Schumacher as acknowledging the move, qualifying it was effectively a proof of concept to see if something more substantial would be feasible. It goes on to quote Schumacher as being ‘intrigued’ by the potential of bringing the Muppets to the stage.
Ahead of any official announcements, Amazon.com has taking pre-orders for the the 1979 classic, The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment with a release date of August 13, 2013.
Celebrate The Nearly 35th Anniversary of the ultimate frogs-to-riches story with the one that started it all — The Muppet Movie. Laugh along with the mostly-true story of how the Muppets got their start, now for the first time ever in vibrant Blu-ray hi-def picture and sound.
Disney Channel has provided us with these first look images at the fourth season premiere of ‘Good Luck Charlie’ featuring an appearance by the Muppets. In the episode, titled ‘Duncan Dream House,’ the Duncan Family decides to build their dream house after the family home is devastated by termites. Everyone, with the exception of Charlie, is excited at the prospect of a new and larger home. However, Teddy has a change of heart after a dream in which Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Animal convince her that the old family home is really the house of her dreams.
A Twitter user by the name of @gavinthomas2015 has shared a couple of images from the set of Disney’s Muppets… Again with several Muppet-oriented websites including Tough Pigs. It’s not known at this time whether the release of the images was done with the blessings of Walt Disney Studios, but for the time being, please enjoy.
IMAGES REMOVED AT THE REQUEST OF WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
The first image features the film’s villain and Kermit-double Constantine alongside Tina Fey as feisty prison guard Nadya.
Also sent along for the ride is this image of Gonzo in costume, seemingly taking a breather behind the camera.
PetSmart today introduced new Disney pet apparel and toys. Characters such as Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Kermit the Frog, Tigger and, of course, Mickey Mouse will add fun and magic to more than 30 new products available at all PetSmart stores in North America and online.
“Disney characters have a special place in many pet parents’ hearts, and this new PetSmart collection allows them to share the magic of Disney with their pets in a fun and fashionable way,” said Laurie Taylor, PetSmart’s vice president of dog and cat hardgoods.
From bandanas and tees to ropes and squeaky toys, the new assortment of Disney products includes:
Walt Disney Studios has provided us with some extremely hi-res publicity images for The Muppets… Again! which debuts in theaters nationwide on March 21, 2014. Among the images are those that appeared in People and Entertainment Weekly along with a couple of others. Like with the ‘original’ film, the group publicity still actually comes in two variants: one with director James Bobin and the other with Sweetums.
You can view any of the images by clicking on its thumbnail below which will expand the still to a larger size. Clicking on the resize arrow will then show the image in its original resolution we have shared.
Via the official Walt Disney Studios UK Facebook page, we get what appears to be our first publicity still at the upcoming sequel The Muppets… Again! which will debut in theaters on March 21st, 2014. The still features human star Ricky Gervais alongside Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog.
Walt Disney Studios today released an updated schedule of several of its upcoming films, as listed below:
Muppets 2 (rumored to be under the working title of Muppets… Again) is produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman and directed by James Bobin. The screenplay is by Bobin and Nick Stoller, who will also serve as executive producer. The cast includes Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell – and of course, the whole Muppets gang. In theaters March 21, 2014.