Friday, March 2, 2012

Disney working on new Muppets film without Jason Segel & New Pac Man TV Show coming to Disney XD!

Disney is reportedly getting ready to shoot a sequel to last year’s Oscar-winning film, The Muppets. This time, though, it will be without the participation of How I Met Your Mother star  Jason Segel, who co-wrote and starred in the 2011 film.
Variety reported that Disney has put the sequel, which will be the eighth theatrical Muppets film since 1979’s The Muppet Movie, into early production mode, signing director James Bobin and co-writer Nicholas Stoller first. However, noticeably absent from Variety’s report was Segel’s name.
Segel will not be involved simply because his busy film career won't let him. New York Magazine’s Vulture was told that since Disney wants to get moving on the new film now. Since Segel will continue working on the CBS sitcom while promoting The Five-Year Engagement and Judd Apatow’s This Is Forty, he will not have the time to work with Disney. The films are due out in April and December, respectively.
However, Segel could still star in the film, depending on when filming is set to begin.
The idea for the 2011 Muppets film began when Segel and Stoller pitched it to Disney in 2008. It was the first time Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy had been on the silver screen since 1999’s Muppets from Space.
On Sunday, The Muppets won an Oscar for Best Original song for Bret McKenzie’s “Man or Muppet.” The film, which co-starred Amy Adams, grossed $88 million in the US and $154.8 million worldwide.
A representative for Segel did not respond to request for a comment.



And - Namco Bandai Games Inc. announced yesterday that they have granted Disney XD the U.S. television rights to Pac Man. He will  appear in a new animated action-comedy series tentatively entitled “Pac-Man — The Adventure Begins” that is expected to air in fall 2013.
Based on the game owned by Namco Bandai, the series will be presented in stereoscopic 3D. It is executive produced by Avi Arad (the “Spider-Man,” “Iron Man,” and “X-Men” films) and Rick Ungar (“Biker Mice from Mars,” “X-Men Evolution,” and “Legend of the Dragon”).
If you remember at the height of Pac Man Fever, he and his family (including Mrs. Pac-Man and Pac-Baby) starred in an animated series that ran for two seasons beginning in 1982
“‘Pac-Man is one of the world’s greatest icons,” said Arad. “He is funny and adventurous and will bring his tone and abilities to this beautifully executed animated series. For more than 30 years, Pac-Man has been a household name. Having this property on Disney XD is its rightful place to be.”