Although it might seem on the surface that Bret McKenzie’s acting career hasn’t been quite as successful as his Flight of the Conchords partner Jemaine Clement, he has gradually been carving out a different kind of career for himself. He does have a minor role in The Hobbit movies and a bigger one in the upcoming romantic comedy Austenland, but mostly he has been keeping busy doing the music for The Muppets (for which he won an Academy Award) and its sequel Muppets Most Wanted. In addition to that, it has recently come to light that he is also hard at work on a movie of his own that he describes as a “a fairy tale comedy musical, sort of akin to Labyrinth or something like that.” Considering that Labyrinth is closing in on being 30 years old, I’d say it’s about time we had another messed up children’s fantasy film for the current generation to call their own.
The news comes from a recent interview with Collider, where McKenzie revealed that he is currently in the process of writing the script:
“I’m in the middle of a script for a kind of—it hasn’t got a name yet but it’s a fairy tale comedy musical, sort of akin to Labyrinth or something like that. I’m developing and that script’s halfway through. James Bobin’s helping me. I’m the official writer but we’re developing it. I want to make a comedy musical with singing dragons and monsters and stuff. [It's] live-action, so it would be a mixture of The Muppets and The Princess Bride.”
Although James Bobin directed The Muppets, he also co-created the Flight of the Conchords HBO show, so clearly they have collaborated together quite a bit. It’s unclear if they are planning to use puppets and/or animatronic creatures in the film, but the mention of both Labyrinth and The Muppets makes it sound like a distinct possibility. Either way, I’m very excited about the project and sincerely hope that it becomes a reality. As Jemaine would say, Bret, you’ve got it going on.