Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bret McKenzie Developing Labyrinth-esque Comedy-Musical Fairy Tale

Bret McKenzie (left) with Flight Of the Conchords partner Jemaine Clement (right)
I stumbled across this little nugget of news yesterday...

Recipe for a Comedy-Musical Fairy Tale 
by Bret McKenzie (aka half of Flight of the Conchords, aka Austenland & LOTR actor, aka Academy Award winning songwriter)

- one part Labyrinth
- one part Princess Bride
- one part Muppets
Fold into one film.
- singing dragons
- singing monsters
- live people
(Caution: do not let monsters & dragons eat people without prior clearance)
Mix with liberal doses of Flight of the Conchords style wit
Add lashings of James Bobin's** writerly-expertise
Blend well.
Set to simmer in pre-production for many months.
-- Proceed with secret baking process (signed NDA*** required to view) --
[Note: Make Jim Henson proud.]
Do NOT set aside to cool.
Share immediately with friends.
Consume with enthusiasm.

** James Bobin was co-writer and director on The Muppets.
*** NDA - non-discloure agreement
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Recipe assembled via Collider (which actually read more like this):

During the course of the interview (for Austenland, Bret) McKenzie revealed that he’s currently writing a film of his own that he describes as “a fairy tale comedy musical.” 
BM: “I’m in the middle of a script for a kind of—it hasn’t got a name yet but it’s a fairy tale comedy musical, sort of akin to Labyrinth or something like that.  I’m developing and that script’s halfway through. James Bobin’s helping me.  I’m the official writer but we’re developing it. I want to make a comedy musical with singing dragons and monsters and stuff.  [It’s] live-action, so it would be a mixture of The Muppets andThe Princess Bride.” 
McKenzie went on to caution that it’s still very early days on the project so there’s no telling how much it will change when/if it comes to fruition, but he seems highly enthused by the idea: 
BM: “No title yet but it’s definitely my favorite thing I’m working on at the moment.  It’s early, though, it’s early.  It’s still developing.”
You can see Bret talk about the project briefly in person at The Collider link above. Additional "ingredients" were taken from HERE.

So: The Muppets meet Princess Bride. Admit it: you're curious too...*

And now a bonus which has nothing to do with fairy tales but everything to do with awesome (and will completely crack you up if you remember even just a little of your high school French):

And, out of guilt, here's another that's (a little) more fairy tale related...

*I'm hoping for a Storyteller-type set, rather than Miss Piggy & co myself...

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