The story broke late Tuesday night via The Hollywood Reporter, which revealed that not only was a Sesame Street officially in the works, but it was picked up by 20th Century Fox for development. The film will be produced by veteran Shawn Levy (director of Night at the Museum, Real Steel, Date Night) and is being written by Sesame Street head-writer Joey Mazzarino (performer of Murray). Other producers include Michael Aguilar (producer: The Departed), Mark Gordon (producer: Saving Private Ryan), Guymon Casady (producer: The Expendables).
Plot details, shooting schedules, and a release date are scarce and have yet to be announced, but the fact that a Sesame Street movie has officially been announced is fairly huge. Even better, Joey Mazzarino is writing the film. For those who don’t know, Joey Mazzarino, as head-writer for the show, is hugely responsible for the humor, charm, and feel of today’s Sesame Street. To me, Joey Mazzarino is the best choice to helm a brand new Sesame Street feature. Virtually anything is possible with this film… and I can’t wait to see what is to come from it.
To celebrate, I suggest taking in a viewing of Follow That Bird and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (or at least one of those).
Now if you’ll excuse me… I have to prepare countless “So-and-So Figures Out How to Get to Sesame Street” article headlines for when celebrity cameos are announced.
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