Weinstein company wants FRAGGLE ROCK movie to relate with older audience

Symon Cordova

by: Symon Cordova
July 6th, 2010

 Jim Henson's Fragglerock

Back in June, James posted, rather passionately, about how the Weinstein company was wanting FRAGGLE to be more "edgy" and therefore were on the search for a new screenwriter to take FRAGGLE ROCK in that direction. Director/screenwriter Corey Edwards posted the whole ordeal on his blog and as he thought it turned into a little bit of a stir, but it look like things might be a little better.  See how after the break!

Corey Edwards did an interview with YBMW.com and this is what he had to say about what his blog post did and what has changed:

"What it’s also done is gotten people talking again. Since then, I’ve been able to sit down with Weinstein’s new VP of Development and really talk about their issues with the movie. We’ve had some very good conversations about what they think 'edgy' is and what I think 'edgy' is. We got down to the philosophies of why to even make a Fraggle movie in the first place. And I think they’ve been able to qualify their word 'edgy' with the word 'older.' They want this movie to connect with an older, more sophisticated audience. I want to help them figure out what that means so that we are both happy. But right now it’s up to the studio to decide what they really want and how they’re going to move forward."

I'm glad they clarified that, cause an edgy or "risque" FRAGGLE ROCK would be awkward! Not to mention completely tear it from the minds of parents who saw it as kids and would like to take there families to it. But an older more, sophisticated audience demographic for this film would be great. I loved Fraggle Rock as a kid but watching it now obviously does not carry the same excitement I had for it as a child,  an older FRAGGLE opens so many hilarious opportunities. Corey Edwards has confirmed that the movie will include the characters Doc, his dog Sprocket, the great trash heap, and the little Doozers. This is what he has to say about its plot:

“Recently there have been a lot of new discussions about the script, and about the whole plot itself. The script is in a serious state of flux right now. The studio thought they knew what they wanted, encouraged me in a certain direction for two years, and now they want something different. So it’s hard to even tell you what it’s about at this point. I was way down the road on a story that I was passionate about, but now it’s all up for debate. This is all frustrating, painful development stuff, but hopefully, ultimately, it’s to make it the best movie possible.

I really feel like I’m one of a very small handful of people that needs to be happy with moving forward. The studio needs to be happy, Henson needs to be happy, and I need to be excited about it. So, I wanna make sure that that happens. I have to get up every morning for months and months and months and be excited about it. So yeah, I won’t move forward until I feel like the script is an exciting thing.”

Good news I say for FRAGGLE, and keep your head up Corey Edwards! Just thinking about Fraggle Rock right now makes me want to get my hands on the series and let my eyeballs squeal with nostalgia! We will continue to see what the future has in store for the FRAGGLE ROCK movie.

Sourch: /Film

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