Sesame Street is to follow The Muppets on to the big screen, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The long-running US children's TV series that brought the world Big Bird, Bert and Ernie and Oscar the Grouch will make its third foray into multiplexes following 1985's Follow That Bird and 1999's The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. Studio 20th Century Fox has bought the rights from the show's production company Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop. The TV iteration's regular writer Joey Mazzarino will take charge of the screenplay but a director is still being sought for the project.
The long-running, partly educational series first screened in 1969 and remains hugely popular with audiences across the globe. It utilises Muppet characters created by Jim Henson, though he did not instigate the show.
Sesame Street's return to the big screen follows the remarkable critical and commercial success of The Muppets last year. James Bobin's film took more than $150m at the worldwide box office and was well reviewed.
Meanwhile, Bobin's next film will be the spy tale Agent Zigzag, according to Variety. Mark Bomback and Rowan Joffé's screenplay is based on Ben Macintyre's 2007 book, which centres on the true story of a professional criminal named Eddie Chapman, a successful British double agent who infiltrated the Nazi intelligence services during the second world war.
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