〉 Warner Bros. has picked up the family film that was previously set at 20th Century Fox.
The SESAME STREET movie has changed studios from 20th Century Fox to Warner Bros. The adaptation of the popular children’s television series was originally set at Fox in 2012. The creatives behind the project have followed it to its new home. Shawn Levy, who has been on board to produce, will also now direct, with 21 Laps Entertainment and Sesame Wokshop following the project as well. Guymon Casady, Mark Gordon, Michael Aguilar, Cate Adams and Jesse Ehrman will stay on to produce, while Cate Adams and Jesse Ehrman will continue to oversee the project.
Warner Bros. has brought new ideas to the table regarding the direction of the film, and are currently choosing writers to helm the screenplay. Sources say that the new direction will set the film in New York City and turn it into an adventure movie. The tone of the new take will be in the style of the more recent Muppets films. The 2011 Disney film The Muppets successfully revived the characters for a new generation. The characters featured in both properties were created by Jim Henson.
Initially created as an educational program by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett, the series debuted in 1969 and has become regarded as an American institution during its 46 year span. The series has retained the original mix of fast paced educational sketches with an element of humor mixed in. The series introduced many iconic characters including Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Burt and Ernie, The Cookie Monster, The Count and many others over the years. Sesame Street has currently won a total of 159 Emmy Awards, which is more than any other television series.
Shawn Levy is known for directing the Night At The Museum series and the family comedy Cheaper By The Dozen with Steve Martin. Levy has a number of upcoming projects on his slate, including a new take on the classic Hardy Boys detectives for a project entitled The Hardy Men, and a currently untitled Tinker Bell film.
Levy is repped by WME.
Lou Chase | Staff Writer