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.