Joseph Gordon-Levitt has signed onto the live-action Fraggle Rock movie, raising fans’ hopes that progress is finally being given a boost.
The film adaptation of the popular Eighties puppet series has been in the pipeline for almost a decade but now, it has a big-name actor on board to star and produce.
The late Jim Henson’s hit show followed the adventures of cave-dwelling Muppets known as Fraggles and their run-ins with furry giants (Gorgs) and tiny, green workaholics (Doozers).
“The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on Sesame Street and then on Fraggle Rock,” Gordon-Levitt said in a statement.
“Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising and wise. From Oscar the Grouch to Yoda to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man and on into adulthood.”
Classic children's TV shows
Classic children's TV shows
1/10 The Magic Roundabout (1965-2010)
Sweet-toothed Skye Terrier Dougal was the main character in this British-French animated series. Other popular characters included Zebedee the jack-in-the-box and Ermintrude the cow.
2/10 Pingu (1986-2006)
Everybody's favourite penguin lives happily with his friends and family at the South Pole. Pingu is often found on an adventure with his little sister Pinga and they speak in a unique 'penguin language' that sounds like babies.
3/10 The Animals of Farthing Wood (1993-1995)
This charming series followed a group of woodland animals who make an Oath to protect each other when they are forced to leave Farthing Wood and find a new home.
4/10 Bodger & Badger (1989-1999)
First broadcast in 1989, Andy Cunningham starred as Simon Bodger, whose best friend was a talking badger with a passion for mashed potato.
5/10 The Sooty Show (1955-1992)
Glove puppets Sooty and Sweep were staples of many a childhood. Sooty doesn't speak but owns a magic wand ('Izzy wizzy let's get busy!) while Sweep communicates with squeaks.
6/10 Blue Peter (1958-)
This long-running show is a definite classic - we all want a Blue Peter badge.
7/10 Hartbeat (1984-1993)
Tony Hart and animated Plasticine character Morph showed children how to make art from everyday items.
8/10 Teletubbies (1997-2001)
Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po are the colourful Teletubbies - who dance, sing and play in Teletubbyland where the sun has a laughing baby's face.
9/10 Playdays (1988-1997)
Remember Why Bird? Playdays ran from 1988 to 1997 on CBBC and featured puppets such as Peggy Patch, Mr Jolly and Poppy the cat.
10/10 The Wombles (1968-1976)
'Wombles are organised, work as a team. Wombles are tidy and Wombles are clean. Underground, overground, wombling free, The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we!'
Gordon-Levitt will be collaborating with Lisa Henson, Jim’s daughter, to “do something that Jim would have loved”. A writer and director are yet to be announced.
The 34-year-old will soon be seen playing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s thriller Snowden, scheduled for US release this Christmas Day.
He next stars in The Walk, based on the story of high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s walk between the World Trade Center towers in the mid-Seventies.Reuse content