HBO has announced that a Flight of the Conchords special with Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie is coming later this year in the spring.
The hour-long special will be recorded in front of a live audience in the UK, and will feature the duo performing both classic and new songs from their “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.”
It looks like another one of writer Neil Gaiman‘s works is going to be adapted, as FOX plans to bring his Fortunately, The Milk to the big screen with some major creative and star power.
Edgar Wright is in talks to direct an adaptation of Gaiman’s children’s book, with Johnny Depp in talks to star in the film. And to top it all off, the script will be written by Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords, The Muppets).
It wouldn’t be much of a Muppets movie without a few original songs and last year Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords wrote almost all of the songs for last year’s The Muppets – and has an Academy Award to show for it. Now Collider reports that he is coming back to write new songs for The Muppets 2, which is said to feature a crime caper plot. Though no major stars are attached to the film, Christoph Waltz is in talks to appear as an Interpol inspector. James Bobin, who co-wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller, will direct.
Production is set to begin in January in Pinewood Studios in England for a December 2013 release. No doubt Disney wants to capitalize on the same success it had when The Muppets opened in theaters around the Thanksgiving Holiday. No doubt the studio is looking to avoid the box office onslaught that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will cause during the Thanksgiving holiday, so a winter holiday release seemed like the second-best option.
I Told You I Was Freaky, the second album from New Zealand comedy/folk/… group Flight of the Conchords, nearly defies categorization, but it’s worth a listen for it’s all-over-the-place sound and smirk inducing lyrics from Oscar winner Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement.
You can buy I Told You I Was Freaky for just $5 as one of the 100 notable albums on sale as a part of Amazon’s $5 MP3 Album Deal that runs through the end of April.
The latest trailer for the upcoming The Muppets has been released and you can watch it here below.
Since the marketing campaign for the first Muppets movie to hit theaters since 1996 kicked off back in May there have been several trailers released that either parodied various movies in released or awaiting release like Green Lantern and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which opens a month after The Muppets) or put more emphasis on the movie’s human stars Jason Segel and Amy Adams. The new trailer features more of the Muppets in action (including new character Walter), lots of hilarious gags (I love the “travel by map” goof), and a few celebrity cameos (Ooh, Neil Patrick Harris!).