Muppet music man's back at it

SAM BOYER
Last updated 12:53 02/03/2013
Bret McKenzie, Muppet movie sequel, The Muppets ... Again
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ROUND TWO: Kiwi comedian and musician Bret McKenzie is writing songs for the upcoming Muppets movie, which is due to be released next year.

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Kiwi Oscar-winner Bret McKenzie is at it again, penning five new songs for the upcoming Muppets sequel.

Director David Hoberman said McKenzie had created at least "a couple of spectacular musical numbers" for the film, titled The Muppets ... Again.

Speaking to Crave Online, Hoberman said: "Bret wrote all these songs for this new movie and they are so different and cover such a wide range of genres, I think we've got a couple of spectacular musical numbers in this one and I think it runs the gamut of ballad and comedy songs. Probably one homage to contemporary rock.

"I think we have five songs in this and they're all original, so I'm hopeful. Music is so ingrained in the Muppet culture and history, and it's part of the fun of doing it frankly."

Hoberman revealed there is one classic Muppet song being reprised, but would not give away which one.

The film will feature appearances from Christopher Waltz, Ray Liotta, Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais.

Jason Segel, who wrote and starred in the last Muppets film will not be returning, so the new Muppet Walter will be without his human brother Gary.

"The whole idea of the first one was really, the predominant story was him fulfilling his dream and getting accepted by the Muppets and now he is a Muppet. So they said their farewell and who knows?

"Down the road, maybe they'll have a reunion of some kind. He's not [in a cameo] this go round. We sort of do take off where the last movie ended, even though we have a completely different kind of story."

The film will involve involve some sort of trans-European caper, ending in London.

"The movie culminates in London but we go to Spain, we go to Germany, we go to a lot of different places. We just happen to end up in London. That's where the caper culminates."

McKenzie won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Man or Muppet, which he wrote for the 2011 film, The Muppets.

The Muppets ... Again is scheduled for release in 2014.

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