Bret McKenzie and James Bobin Are Working on a ‘Labyrinth’-esque Musical Together

By Will Ashton


Director James Bobin and musician Bret McKenzie have already established a strong working relationship together.

The two first worked as co-creators on the TV show Flight of the Conchords, alongside Jermaine Clement, for HBO. Following this, they helped bring the Muppets back to the screen, with Bobin directing the 2011 film and McKenzie writing the music, which lead to him winning an Oscar for Best Song with “Man or Muppet.”

Now, the two are currently at work on the next Muppet movie, Muppets Most Wanted, with Bobin directing and co-writing, and McKenzie, once again, writing the music for the film. And, apparently, their work together is not going to stop there, as McKenzie recently revealed that he and Bobin are currently working on live-action musical together that is said to be a combination of The Muppets, The Princess Bride and Labyrinth.

In an interview with Collider for the new Muppet movie, McKenzie said the following:

“I’m in the middle of a script for a kind of—it hasn’t got a name yet but it’s a fairy tale comedy musical, sort of akin to Labyrinth or something like that.  I’m developing and that script’s halfway through. James Bobin’s helping me.  I’m the official writer but we’re developing it. I want to make a comedy musical with singing dragons and monsters and stuff.  [It’s] live-action, so it would be a mixture of The Muppets and The Princess Bride….it’s definitely my favorite thing I’m working on at the moment.  It’s early, though, it’s early.  It’s still developing.”

Being a fan of Flight of the Conchords, the band and the show, and their work together on The Muppets, I’m very eager to see this thing come together. Like McKenzie said, this thing is still very early in development, so we shouldn’t get too excited yet. That said, however, this sounds awesome and I really hope this gets made.


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