James Bobin and Bret McKenzie first worked together when Bobin was a director on Flight of the Conchords, the HBO series that chronicled McKenzie and Jemaine Clement’s travels as “New Zealand’s 4th most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo.” Probably their best-known collaboration to date came when McKenzie worked as a songwriter on the Bobin-directed 2011 reboot of the Muppets franchise though, as not only was that film successful enough to breathe new life into Jim Henson’s classic felt creations and spawn a sequel, but it also earned McKenzie a Best Original Song Oscar for his heartfelt, existential tune ‘Man or Muppet.’
As one would expect, Bobin has once again brought McKenzie on board to write more songs for that upcoming Muppets sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, but in a recent interview with Collider, McKenzie revealed that there’s also another intriguing project they’re in the early stages of working together on, and it’s one that seems to be influenced by every awesome movie that children of the 80s grew up wearing out VHS tapes of.
When asked about what he’s got coming up, McKenzie revealed, “I’m in the middle of a script for a kind of—it hasn’t got a name yet but it’s a fairy tale comedy musical, sort of akin to Labyrinth or something like that—I’m developing and that script’s halfway through. James Bobin’s helping me. I’m the official writer but we’re developing it. I want to make a comedy musical with singing dragons and monsters and stuff. [It’s] live-action, so it would be a mixture of The Muppets and The Princess Bride.”
Obviously, any blurb that name drops Labyrinth, The Muppets, and The Princess Bride all at once is going to be enough to get movie geeks salivating, but McKenzie warns to not get too excited about things yet, as the film is far from being a done deal. He said of the project, “No title yet, but it’s definitely my favorite thing I’m working on at the moment. It’s early, though, it’s early. It’s still developing.”
Early or not, the cat is now out of the bag on this one, so should the Hollywood machine try to do anything to block it from getting made, they’re likely going to have to deal with mobs of villagers showing up at the edge of the city with torches and pitchforks—and nobody wants that. We’ll definitely be keeping our eyes peeled for any more details concerning this exciting-sounding “singing dragons and monsters and stuff” project as they develop.