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Jason Segel was the man who got The Muppets back into theaters after a 12-year gap. The actor and co-writer of the film has been an avid Muppets fan since childhood, and if ever there was a “Muppets advocate,” it would be Segel.
That’s why it comes as a surprise that Segel will not be co-writing the next Muppets film, as Vulture first reported a few days ago. The actor confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter during an interview promoting his upcoming film, Jeff, Who Lives at Home.
Segal told THR that his co-writer Nicholas Stoller will be returning to write the next film, as will director James Bobin.
“My goal was to bring back The Muppets, and I feel like we did it,” he said. “I just felt like I did what I set out to do. I’m really happy that they’re back to where they belong.”
When asked if he has any plans to star, Segel also said he does not.
“It doesn’t really make organic sense,” he told THR. “Maybe I’ll do something in the future but no, I’m just sort of happy to send my kids off into the world.”
The Muppets, which was released on Nov. 23, 2011, went on to become the highest grossing Muppets film, grossing $88.5 million domestically to date. The film won an Academy Award for best original song for the song “Man or Muppet” written by Bret McKenzie.
Segel stars in Jeff, Who Lives at Home as a slacker/stoner who is determined to find his destiny while he spends the day with his high-strung brother (Ed Helms).
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