Let the Music Play: 'Fraggle Rock' Is Movie-Bound
Zappa will adapt the Henson classicThe Jim Henson Company is moving forward on plans for a "Fraggle Rock" feature based on the classic '80s series.
The currently untitled film (might we suggest "Fraggle Rock: The Movie"?) will be produced by Lisa Henson and executive produced by Brian Henson and Jason Lust along with Ahmet Zappa ("The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless"), who has been recruited to script the feature.
"'Fraggle Rock' has remained a favorite project at our Company and has certainly continued to be loved by its many devoted fans, so we are thrilled to begin work on this project," says Lisa Henson. "With its message of celebrating diversity and its ambitious goal of promoting world peace, now is the perfect time to embark on a new Fraggle adventure."
Premiering on HBO in 1983, "Fraggle Rock" ran for five seasons and a whopping 96 episodes. The Jim Henson creation introduced the world to the Fraggles, the radish-loving inhabitants of a system of connected caves in what may or may not be an alternate world. The show's particular focus was on Gobo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red, a group of friends with an interest in exploring and eating the tasty structures constructed by the Doozers, the tinier, more industrious natives of Fraggle Rock. The show's other central creatures include the gigantic Gorgs and the self-explanatory talking Trash Heap.
"I'm very excited to be working with The Jim Henson Company on this project," Zappa declares. "So much of my childhood was spent watching 'Fraggle Rock.' I never missed an episode! I'm also really looking forward to using music to tell the story; it played such a central role in the original series and truly helped create the 'Fraggle Rock' that we know and love today."