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An untitled Sesame Street movie has been in development since at least 2012. It will be the franchise's third feature film following Follow That Bird in 1985 and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland in 1999. It is currently slated for a January 15, 2021 release from Warner Bros.
On June 19, 2012, The Hollywood Reporter announced that a new Sesame Street movie was in the works to be produced by 20th Century Fox. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) was set to produce from a script by head Sesame Street writer Joey Mazzarino. The article also listed Michael Aguilar (Unaccompanied Minors), Mark Gordon (Grey's Anatomy, Saving Private Ryan) and Guymon Casady (Game of Thrones) as producers.
In April 2015, The Tracking Board reported that the film had moved to Warner Bros. with Levy now directing as well as producing. The move to another studio prompted a search for new screenwriters who would center the script around an adventure set in New York City.
One year later, Levy signed on to direct a remake of Starman, leaving the Sesame Street movie without a director. Since the time of the initial announcement, Mazzarino had also moved on from Sesame Workshop, leaving the project without a writer.
In November 2016, Levy, promoting the release of Arrival (Amy Adams), noted that he was still developing a Sesame Street movie at Warner Bros. On November 15th, Deadline reported that screenwriters had been found in David Guion and Michael Handelman (who had worked together on The Ex, Dinner for Schmucks, and Night at the Museum 3), with Mark Gordon still attached to produce, as well as Jesse Ehrman (This Is Where I Leave You with Tina Fey and Jason Bateman).
In September 2018, Variety reported that Jonathan Krisel, director and co-creator of the show Portlandia, was attached to direct, with Levy still producing. The article also mentioned that the film is set to be a musical, and that there have been multiple scripts drafted; the first by Mike Rosolio with a later version by Chris Galletta.
Collider reported in December 2018, that Anne Hathaway was being considered for the role of Sally in the film. In February of 2019, Hathaway's involvement was confirmed by Krisel — still attached to direct; mentioned also as the movie's writer now — in an article for The Hollywood Reporter. The article reiterated the project's intention as a musical and added that the plot would take inspiration from a line in the "Sesame Street Theme" — "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?" — "with characters getting lost in NYC and trying to find their way back to Sesame Street." Filming is expected to begin in late summer 2019.
- ↑ The Hollywood Reporter "Sesame Street Movie in the Works from Fox" by Borys Kit, June 19, 2012
- ↑ The Tracking Board "Warner Bros. Picks Up Sesame Street Movie From Fox With Shawn Levy Directing" April 15, 2015
- ↑ The Hollywood Reporter "Starman Remake In the Works With Director Shawn Levy" by Borys Kit, April 1, 2016
- ↑ Deadline "Can You Spell David Guion & Michael Handelman?" by Mike Fleming Jr, November 15, 2016
- ↑ Variety "Sesame Street Movie Taps Portlandia Co-Creator Jonathan Krisel as Director" by Justin Kroll, September 28, 2018
- ↑ Collider "Exclusive: Anne Hathaway Eyed to Star in WB’s Sesame Street Movie" by Jeff Sneider, December 4, 2018
- ↑ The Hollywood Reporter "Sesame Street Movie's Writer-Director Reveals Plot Details" by Borys Kit and Bryn Elise Sandberg, Feb 6, 2019
- ↑ Variety "Sesame Street Live-Action Movie Set for 2021" by Dave McNary, March 12, 2019