Disney+ has discontinued production for The Muppets reboot titled Muppets Live Another Day. The project was a scripted comedy series from the voice of Frozen’s Olaf, Josh Gad.
The canceled series was written and executive produced by Gad along with Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Deadline reports that the project had been in the works for Disney’s upcoming streaming platform following a pilot order. The entertainment news outlet cites a disagreement between the Gad’s writing team and the bosses of Disney-owned Muppet studio. The two parties apparently could not come to an agreement with regards to the creative vision for the show.
Muppets Live Another Day’s storyline picks up from The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984). Its focus is set on Kermit the Frog and his efforts reassemble the disbanded Muppets as Rowlf goes missing.
Fans of The Muppets need not worry, a spin-off of the popular puppet show announced in the recent D23 Expo 2019 seems to be pushing through. The variety series Muppets Now is a reimagined version of The Muppet Show. The short-form show is reportedly unscripted and will feature various celebrities guests. Muppets Now is slated for a 2020 debut on Disney+.
Disney-owned television network ABC previously attempted to revive The Muppets back in 2015 but it was cancelled after just one season. On the other hand, the more successful Muppets Babies aired on Disney Junior received a third season renewal earlier than expected.
Muppets Live Another Day joins three more projects dropped by Disney+. Four Dads, Book of Enchantment and Sulphur Springs are amongst the ordered series that Disney+ decided not to go forward with.
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.