Hey, if the Muppets can do it, why not Elmo and friends?
That seems to be the logic behind Fox’s purchase of the movie rights to “Sesame Street,” the longtime children’s educational series. The Hollywood Reporter says that Shawn Levy will be one of the producers and Joey Mazzarino, a staff writer for the show, will write the script.
“Sesame Street” was created in 1969 by the nonprofit Children’s Television Workshop (now Sesame Workshop) in an effort to use television as a way to teach children and give them a head start on skills like reading and math. The show mixes live actors and puppets, which were created by Jim Henson–whose Muppets took off from Sesame Street. Different versions of “Sesame Street” are seen all around the world, and it has won numerous awards. It is shown on PBS stations.
There have been two other Sesame Street movies: “Follow that Bird” and “The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.” Neither achieved the critical or pop cultural heights of the Muppet movies, originals or the recent version. Maybe the third time is the charm.