We’ve heard a lot from Shawn Levy of late. His forthcoming movie based on the game series Uncharted has been moving forward slowly, with writer Joe Carnahan recently calling it an
Today we learn that Levy is bringing Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo and friends to the big screen with a movie adaptation of Sesame Street, according to Screenrant.
Levy has a couple of family-oriented films under his belt, with the Night and the Museum trilogy and the recent Real Steel with Hugh Jackman. He updated on the project, saying
“Sesame Street is at Warner Bros, and we are right now working on a treatment for what I think is going to be a really imaginative and entertaining take on that beloved and decades old global brand. The trick there is to honor these characters that are beloved but in a movie that feels entertaining for the kids who we might bring to the movie but humorous on that second level for those parents who bring their kids. It’s early – we’re still at the treatment stage, but very bullish on that.”
Though the words ‘beloved’ and ‘global brand’ don’t often go well together in film production business it gives an insight into the creative thrust behind this new film. Known to millions the ‘brand’ has a huge nostalgia factor, and with the recent Muppet movies doing fairly good box office business there’s a good chance Warners will treat Sesame Street with kid gloves.
Previous Sesame Street films include the Big Bird centric Follow that Bird and the wonderfully names Elmo in Grouchland. Gut instinct says WB will re-establish the world with an ensemble based idea, then spin off character movies like catherine wheel sparks.