Written Interview: Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller (“The Muppets”)

November 26th, 2011 by

Today’s written interview [from Collider] is with Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel who co-wrote the screenplay for The Muppets (Segel also co-stars). An excerpt:

Question: Was getting The Muppets back together the idea you had from the start?

JASON SEGEL: I must say that a lot of the plot came from [Nicholas Stoller]. I said, “I want to make a Muppet movie,” and he said, “Okay, I’ll think of the idea.”

NICHOLAS STOLLER: We had an initial phone call. [Jason] had a meeting at Disney, and then literally on that drive, we pitched out the whole thing.

SEGEL: Nick and I have a weird kismet relationship, so we riffed it out. But, Nick thought of a lot of it, and then I went in and pitched it. And then, I called Nick back and told him he was writing the movie with me. That is what happened.

How soon did that happen, after Forgetting Sarah Marshall?

SEGEL: It was the first thing that I pitched after Sarah Marshall. I did go in and pitch it alone, but Nick is my buddy and had helped me flesh out the idea. And then, while I was in there, I was like, “And, by the way, I’m writing this with Nick Stoller,” and they were like, “Oh, great! That’s terrific! I didn’t even know Nick would want to do this.” I was like, “Yeah!” And then, I called Nick and presented it as an option.

STOLLER: Yeah, it was awesome. It was thrilling. It paid off. It was very exciting.

I saw the movie opening night and it’s wonderful. Very true to the spirit of the original Muppets TV series and lots of great songs by Bret McKenzie of “Flight of the Conchords” fame.

For more of the interview, go here.

For an IndieWire interview with Segel, go here.

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