James Bobin, co-creator of the HBO comedy series Flight Of The Conchords, has been picked by Disney to helm their upcoming Muppet film. He’ll be working from a screenplay written by Forgetting Sarah Marshall scripters Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller. Stoller, who also directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, has been busy with that film’s spin off, Get Him To The Greek, and an upcoming film with Zac Effron. Bobin has passed on helming the Judd Apatow-produced Bridesmaids to take on the film.
Variety‘s report about Bobin’s hiring states that the film’s plot is still under wraps, but back in March 2008 Segal and Stoller stated that the storyline would center on the Muppet’s reuniting to save an old theater from an evil businessman who wants to tear it down for an oil deposit underneath. It’s unknown if this story has been abandoned or not. Also, at one time the film was going to be titled The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made, but that title could be up in the air as well.