11:33am PT by Aaron Couch
'Sesame Street' Movie to Be Directed by 'Portlandia's' Jonathan Krisel
Jonathan Krisel knows how to get to Sesame Street.
Krisel, the co-creator of the IFC series Portlandia, will direct a Sesame Street movie for Warner Bros., The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Krisel has been nominated for six Emmys for his work on Portlandia, the quirky comedy lampooning life in liberal Portland, Oregon. In addition to his work on Portlandia, Krisel also co-created the Zach Galifianakis FX series Baskets and has written and directed episodes of Comedy Central's Kroll Show and FXX's Man Seeking Woman.
Mike Rosolio wrote the first draft of the script for Sesame Street. The Kings of Summer screenwriter Chris Galletta penned the most recent draft. Shawn Levy and Michael Aguilar are producing.
Since debuting in 1969, Sesame Street has become one of the most beloved children's television programs of all time thanks to its mix of educational themes and memorable Muppet characters such as Bert, Ernie, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Rights holder The Sesame Workshop entered into a five-year deal with HBO in 2015, which also sees Sesame Street continue to run on PBS.
Krisel is repped by UTA. Variety first reported the news.