If you don’t know who The Fraggles are, basically just imagine them as The Muppets, only less well-known and also Canadian for some reason. That’s right, we’re responsible for Fraggles. Suck it! Anyway, as one of the last vestiges of the 80’s that hasn’t yet been turned into a movie — seriously, Battleship was adapted before them — it only makes sense that a reboot of Fraggle Rock would eventually be made. And here it is! Via The Hollywood Reporter:
Rango co-writer Jim Byrkit and Alex Manugian have been happed to pen the script for Fraggle Rock, New Regency’s big-screen adaptation of the 1980s musical puppet series created by Jim Henson. Initially a Canadian series that became a hit internationally (in the U.S. it played on HBO), Rock told the adventures of a group of cave-dwelling puppet creatures called Fraggles. In their lives are a race of small industrious creatures named Doozers, who live in the caves, and the Gorgs, furry giants who look at Fraggles as nuisances. A feature has long been in the works at other companies with the property being set up at New Regency in 2011. The Jim Henson Co. and the Montecito Picture Co. are producing.
Now before you get all happy-happy-joy-joy about this, the movie is apparently going to be a mix of live action and CGI, rather than a full live action puppeteer thing. So yes, they’re basically adapting a Jim Henson production, removing the Muppet aspects of it, and turning it into one of those crappy Alvin and the Chipmunks movies. Shudder.