Anne Hathaway will be joining the muppets as a spirited history show host named Sally Hawthorne in the long-awaited movie.
Sesame Street has been educating children since the '60s. There are over 4,500 episodes of the educational TV show spanning nearly five decades. But there are only two feature-length movies—Follow That Bird (1985) and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999). There have been many direct-to-home releases as well as TV films. The muppets of the show do deserve much more spotlight on the big screen, and it is finally coming to fruition after almost a decade since a Sesame Street movie was announced.
The untitled Sesame Street movie is coming soon and here's everything you need to know.
The movie has been in the works for a while and very little about it was known so far. But the film is believed to follow the story of Big Bird and his Sesame Street friends who get expelled from their neighborhood, finding themselves in Manhattan. They then team up with a spirited history show host named Sally Hawthorne, who is also facing challenges of her own. She is on a quest to save her show and prove that the muppets' Sesame Street actually exists. But they have to overcome the obstacles created by the "evil" Mayor, who seems to have his own reasons for keeping Sesame Street hidden from the world.
Jonathan Krisel, who was hired as the writer and director for the film, had mentioned to The Hollywood Reporter of the film that "It's going to be big." The film is believed to have a $50 million budget. He also added that it would be a musical feature. Krisel said the theme song of the show inspired him to write the script about the muppets losing their way and trying to find their way back to Sesame Street.
In addition to the beloved muppets, Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, and Elmo, the movie will also be featuring human characters. The role of Sally Hawthorne will be played by Anne Hathaway, which was confirmed in 2019. Chance the Rapper is also set to be a part of the film and will be playing the Mayor's aide, as reported by Collider. Other big names involved in the project include Bo Burnham (Inside), who is said to be penning the lyrics for the musical film, as per DEADLINE.
Shawn Levy and Michael Aguilar are producing the film along with Guymon Casady of Entertainment 360. Mark Gordon will be the executive producer. The most recent draft of the film was written by Barry Schwartz. Chris Galletta and Mike Rosolio had written the previous drafts.
The Sesame Street movie has been in the works for a long time. It was first a 20th Century Fox project in 2012. It was later picked by Warner Bros. and was expected to be released in 2019. Production delays pushed the release date that was further exacerbated due to the pandemic.
The project has finally been given a release date in January 2022. It is set to debut in theaters as part of the exclusive 45-day theatrical release window deal between Warner Bros. and AMC Theatres.