Known for being one-half of the music duo Flight of the Conchords, Bret McKenzie has broken into film as a triple-threat of acting, music, and writing. His newest project, a fantasy film for Warner Bros. Pictures titled MOONLAND, taps him as the screenwriter and reunites him with The Muppets director James Bobin.
The film follows a young, 11 year-old girl who winds up in a magical world via a homemade flying bike. She immediately gets wrapped up in an exciting adventure when she’s wrongfully imprisoned and escapes to go on a mission with a knight to rescue a princess. While this may sound like the same story that’s been told time and time again, with the unique humor of McKenzie and Bobin behind it, it’s bound to be an original take.
Back in 2013, McKenzie revealed to Collider that he was working on a fairy tale musical comedy with Bobin that had elements pulled from the likes of Labyrinth and The Princess Bride. At the time, the project didn’t have a title, but it could very well be that it now does and these two projects are one and the same.
Bobin is also set to produce the film, with Jesse Ehrman and Jon Gonda of Warner Bros. overseeing the film for the studio.
McKenzie, as well as winning an Oscar and being part of Flight of the Conchords, has appeared in films like Austenland and the first two installments of The Hobbit trilogy. He and Clement first gained fame in the United States with their HBO series Flight of the Conchords, which was nominated for various Emmys.
Bobin’s film credits include directing The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, and the recent Alice Through the Looking Glass. His upcoming credits including helming the Men in Black and 21 Jump Street crossover, titled MIB 23.
He is repped by UTA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor