Ricky Gervais in talks over Muppets movie sequel
Tim Clark18 December 2012
Comedian Ricky Gervais could be set to lead the next Muppets film, which is being produced by Disney.
Gervais is currently in negotiations to star in the sequel to the highly successful show, according to U.S. website The Hollywood Reporter.
It isn’t exactly known what role Gervais would play, as the script is being kept a close secret, but it may require some singing from The Office star.
Disney had planned a follow-up to the hit movie for a while, with Flight Of The Conchord’s Brett McKenzie signed up to write the musical score for the show.
Oscar-winning McKenzie helped bring the first Muppets movie in over a decade to life after writing the score for the first film, which was released to critical acclaim last year.
Director James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller are returning for the new movie, which will be set in Europe. McKenzie has been bought onboard to help pen the score and write new songs for the movie.
Shooting will be primarily focussed in London, with Pinewood Studios starting production in January (incidentally where Little Shop of Horrors was shot in 1986).
If a deal is made, the role would be Gervais’ first feature lead since the 2009 comedy The Invention of Lying.