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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Star in, Produce 'Fraggle Rock' Movie
Fraggle Rock, the long-in-the-works adaptation of the Jim Henson 1980s puppet TV show, is getting a shot in the arm with the help of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The actor has come aboard to star in and produce the feature adaptation. He joins New Regency and The Henson Co., who also are producing.
Rock was a Canadian series that became a hit internationally (it played on HBO in the U.S.). It followed the adventures of a group of cave-dwelling puppet creatures called Fraggles. In their world was a race of small, industrious creatures named Doozers, who lived in the caves, as well as the Gorgs, furry giants who looked at Fraggles as nuisances.
Regency initially partnered with Ivan Reitman’s The Montecito Picture Co. to produce the adaptation, hiring Jim Byrkit and Alex Manugian to write the script, as well as John Stevenson (the co-director of Kung Fu Panda) to direct.
Gordon-Levitt’s boarding indicates the project is getting a fresh start, and a new director and writers will be hired.
Gordon-Levitt recently wrapped an untitled Christmas comedy with Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie and currently is shooting Oliver Stone’s Snowden.
He is repped by WME.