According to THR, Jim Byrkit and Alex Manugia, scribes of the Oscar winning animated feature Rango, have been hired by New Regency to pen the script for the upcoming Fraggle Rock movie.
For those of you younger than 25, Fraggle Rock was an early HBO original series (long before they shifted to shows like True Blood and Game of Thrones), and Canadian kid’s show that ran between 1983 and 1987. Created by the Jim Henson Company, it was a live action puppet series, and described by Henson as “a high-energy, raucous musical romp.” The series was similar to The Muppets and used its characters as an allegory for issues like prejudice, spirituality, the environment, and other social issues.
Likely riding the coattails of the recent return of The Muppets to the silver screen, Fraggle Rock‘s general obscurity to anyone born after 1990 will mean it’s audience will come primarily from the nostalgia factor, something Muppets played on heavily last year.
You can still catch Fraggle Rock reruns in the US on The Hub, and Archaia Press published a comic between 2010 and 2011.
So, how do you think a Fraggle movie will do, and what other nostalgic shows should return to the big screen?