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Sunny day! Sesame Street live-action movie to be directed by Portlandia co-creator

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Sep 28, 2018

For those of you looking to erase the controversial memory of The Happytime Murders, we have some bright sunny news for you. The live-action movie version of beloved PBS children's show Sesame Street is getting one step closer to being made after finding its director. Variety reports that Portlandia co-creator Jonathan Krisel has been tapped to helm the film – which is also said to be a musical – for Warner Bros.

Not a lot is known about the project just yet, but we’re guessing that with Sesame Workshop (which owns the rights to the show) involved, this will be taking good care of the family-friendly brand when adapting it for the big screen.

And for those of you wondering exactly where this sits in the world of genre, well, you don't really get more fantastical than the original work of Jim Henson (hello, Cookie Monster, anyone?). It's also being produced by genre wonder and Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy, so perhaps we can also expect some magical surprises. Michael Aguilar (Constantine) is co-producing, and the script has been written by Mike Rosolio and Chris Galletta.

As we mentioned earlier, the last we saw of Sesame Street at the cinema was with The Happytime Murders. The adult-themed movie, which got crucified by critics, was sued by the makers of Sesame Street for using the tagline "No Sesame. All Street." So don’t expect too much crude humor in the legitimate Sesame Street movie.

A reboot of sorts, the new project follows two previous live-action movies, including the 1985 musical Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird. The second, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, followed in 1999. Neither project was a big hit at the box office, so we're assuming Warner Bros. is cooking up something special this time around.

Are you excited for the live-action Sesame Street? Let us know in the comments below.


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