The world first learned about Jason Segel’s love of puppetry when he performed an all-puppet Dracula musical during the climactic moments of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Segel then parlayed the success of that film into the fulfillment of a lifelong dream when he got handed the reins of Jim Henson’s iconic stable of puppet characters The Muppets for his upcoming film…The Muppets. Though all pre-release indicators point to the fact that Segel has gotten the voice of The Muppets just right and had a great time making not only the movie, but also the neverending tidal wave of ancillary marketing stuff, it still doesn’t seem like he’s gotten his fill of working with puppets just yet. As a matter of fact, this may be only the beginning.
When talking to The Playlist about what he plans on doing next, Segel told an anecdote about reacquiring the first film he ever sold, “I actually just got back into possession my first script I ever sold when I was 21-years-old. It sat on a shelf and they didn’t know that it was the same Jason Segel. I came to them because the contract was up and I went to buy it up and they were like, ‘No, wait, that was you? That was your script?’ And I was like, ‘Yep, sorry dudes.’ So I now own it and I want to make it. It’s a kids adventure movie in the style of Goonies or Labyrinth or something like that. I think that’s the next big thing I’d like to try to tackle.”
This sounds great to me. The world is always a much better place when we have huge talents like a Walt Disney, a Jim Henson, or the Pixar team focusing their energy on awesome, enriching experiences that sweep away our children and take them (and us) to new worlds. Segel seems to have the dedication to whimsy to join the ranks of the greatest creators of content for kids, but does he have the vision?
Another quote from the same chat hints at possibilities for the future. When asked about whether he’d be appearing in this new adventure film as an actor as well, Segel responded, “There are parts I could play, but I’d be happy to just produce it. It’s a really cool kids adventure story and there could be puppets involved. I have an idea for a type of puppet I’ve never seen before.”
Do you hear this? The man is inventing new kinds of puppets! This movie sounds perfect to me for Segel’s next project. If we could just get him off of that How I Met Your Mother show that’s pretty much run its course and get him dedicated full time to making awesome things that people can watch with their kids without feeling annoyed, then I’d be pleased as punch.