20th Century Fox Options Sesame Street Movie

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Sesame Street Workshop, 20th Century Fox (June 20, 2012) –  20th Century Fox have optioned to produce a brand new Sesame Street film. Joey Mazzarino, a writer and performer on the show since 1990, will write the script for the film. Canadian-American director/writer/producer Shawn Levy (Big Fat Liar, Cheaper by the Dozen, Date Night) will serve as the producer for the currently untitled project alongside Michael Aguilar (Constantine), Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds), and Cuymon Casady (Game of Thrones, The Expendables 1 and 2). Levi’s production company is 21 Laps/Adelstein.

Sesame Workshop (formerly Children Television Workshop) probability of being involved in the project is favorable.

Sesame Street has been running on the air since 1969 and has become one of the most iconic children’s shows of all time. The program appears mainly on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) stations and exhibits the use of puppetry and live performers. Jim Henson was most known for his contributions to the show because of his excellent puppetry and humor, and was widely acknowledged for building the show up to its present legendary status alongside colleague Frank Oz.  Some of Henson’s most notable creations were Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Grover and Cookie Monster.

The children’s program currently airs in multiple countries across the globe and has received 138 Emmys, more than any other television program in history. Numerous celebrities and public figures have appeared on the show, including soccer sensation David Beckham, author and poet Maya Angelou, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan and television journalist Anderson Cooper.

Two prior films were adapted from the series: Follow That Bird (1985) and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999). The box-office success of The Muppets may have influenced Fox to produce a third film.

Meanwhile, Levy is currently set on starting filming for his latest film The Internship, starring the comedic duo of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

Source: BBC, The Hollywood Reporter

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