We don’t know where Kermit and his Muppet pals have been hiding out since bowing out of their short-lived TV stint a couple of years back over at ABC, but it looks as though they may be set to reappear soon—and in a setting that’s conspicuous enough even for a diva like Miss Piggy.
Disney may be cooking up a Swedish Chef-sized version of a reboot for The Muppets as part of the launch strategy for its Netflix-fighting streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s a move that would certainly fit with the studio’s plan to keep things family-friendly on the platform, which doesn’t yet have a name, a pricing structure, or a firm launch date.
The Muppets last showed up on their eponymous ABC comedy back in 2015, but the show didn’t draw the kind of viewership (or critical acclaim) befitting Jim Henson’s iconic franchise, and was pulled after only one season.
That show attempted to straddle the line between kid-friendly fun and tongue-in-cheek risqué in order to exert as broad an appeal as possible, with producer Bob Kushell explaining the writers wanted to “push the envelope but never push it so far that the adults feel embarrassed to watch it in front of their kids.” There’s no early word, though, on whether Disney would attempt a similar approach for its streaming platform.
The Muppets would make a signature addition to Disney’s slowly-growing list of titles set for the reboot treatment for its new digital brand. In addition to a new take on High School Musical, THR reports Disney also is eyeing classic film titles for reboots, including The Parent Trap, Father of the Bride, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and The Mighty Ducks.
We already know Disney’s going all in for streaming its biggest name brand, lining up multiple Star Wars originals—including a live-action series—in addition to previously-announced versions of Monsters, Inc. and an all-new, still-unnamed Marvel project.
If The Muppets end up helping Disney chip away at the dominance Netflix has long enjoyed in the streaming space, Kermit may finally decide that, just maybe, it's not so hard being green after all.