It’s almost hard to believe, but Sesame Street has been on the air — and in nearly every North American home — for nearly five decades now, and the beloved children’s program may finally be getting the big-screen movie it so richly deserves.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has tapped David Guion and Michael Handelman (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Dinner for Schmucks) to pen the script for a new feature film based on the educational series, with Stranger Things’ Shawn Levy (who'll also be working on Sony's upcoming Uncharted movie) attached to produce with Sesame Workshop (which was formerly called the Children’s Television Workshop). Mark Gordon (The Day After Tomorrow, Criminal Minds) will executive-produce.
The long-running children’s TV series first premiered back in November of 1969, but it was only in 1985 that the first Sesame Street feature film was produced. Titled Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, the movie starred the late John Candy and Chevy Chase. The second movie, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, was released in 1999.
As per the site: “They’ll start with a treatment as the studio finds a handle for a narrative family film based on the 47-year-old show that has been redone by WB’s sister company, HBO.” Meaning as of yet, they’re not sure what the storyline will be, but I'm sure it'll be interesting to see what they do with our beloved Sesame Street muppet characters, including: Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, Count von Count and the rest of the gang. Are you excited about the news?