Sorry, Kermit: Disney+ is not moving forward with its planned revival of The Muppets, our sister site Deadline reports.
Actor Josh Gad, who was set to write the new series — titled Muppets Live Another Day — along with Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, confirmed the news with a tweet on Monday, stating that they “have decided to step away from Muppets Live Another Day. Sometimes, creative differences are just that. We LOVE this franchise so much & truly wish them all the best.”
UPDATE: Gad has since posted a longer statement on Instagram, expanding on the vision that he, Horowitz and Kitsis had for the show. “It was going to be Muppets by way of Stranger Things and feel like a movie spread over 6-8 episodes,” he wrote. “Part of the joy for us, by placing the Muppets in the middle of the 1980s, was to subvert and comment on our current love for all things nostalgia while at the same time allowing the characters to tell a story that would ultimately lead to and end in present day, revealing some secrets along the way.”
Muppets Live Another Day would have picked up right after the events of 1984’s The Muppets Take Manhattan, with Kermit gathering the old gang together once again to search for a missing Rowlf. The series was first reported to be in the works back in February 2018, and later earned a pilot order at the streamer.
The Muppets, of course, first broke through with the 1976-81 series The Muppet Show before launching a movie franchise. ABC attempted to bring them back in 2015 with a mockumentary-style sitcom titled The Muppets, but that was axed after just one season. Kermit and the gang, though, will still be seen on Disney+ in Muppets Now, an unscripted, short-form series first announced last month.