HOLLYWOOD – Star and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt confirmed yesterday that he would be starring in and producing a live action movie version of Jim Henson’s celebrated TV Show Fraggle Rock.
Speaking EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec, the Don Jon director spoke about his role in the new Fraggle Rock movie:
I’ve always loved Jim Henson’s creations. From Sesame Street to the Muppets, to Fraggle Rock. I even liked Dark Crystal.
Okay, may be not Dark Crystal. I had heard about the opportunity to be a part of the Fraggle Rock movie, I jumped at the chance.
Who will you play?
We had a long discussion about this. I was thinking that I ought to play a live action character and the last thing I wanted to do was Neil Patrick Harris it the way he had with The Smurf movies. The only option then would have been to play Doc, but when I was growing up, I never pretended to be Doc, I always wanted to be a Fraggle or a Doozer or even a Gorg, so when we had our first meeting I put it out there that I didn’t really care about money or anything like that but I absolutely had to be a Fraggle and they simply said okay. It was as easy as that. They already had concept art of what I might look like as Gobo Fraggle.
I know it was like a dream come true. Gobo is the explorer, the one who wants to go to Outer Space which is what the Fraggles call our world. His Uncle Travelling Matt is already out there, inspiring him. I hadn’t consider that it would be possible the Henson people said that I actually look quite Fraggley already so all I need is some purple clothes and a wig.
Absolutely not. We’re going old school. Just me in costume and with some guys hand up my ass.
Fraggle Rock will be released in 2016.