Bret McKenzie Set To Reboot ‘Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas‘. Variety has shared an exclusive report that will see the revival of Jim Henson’s 1977 special, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.
According to Variety, “Flight of the Conchords’ own Rhymenoceros, Bret McKenzie, has signed on to pen the script and write the music for Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, based on the 1970s ABC special from The Jim Henson Company. Henson’s 1977 TV special was based on the children’s book of the same name by Russell Hoban. McKenzie also has the option to direct the new adaptation, which follows a poor otter family who risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas, but a decision has not yet been made. The ABC special used the classic Henson puppet technology that made Henson’s The Muppets famous and even included an introduction by Kermit the Frog.”
“The ABC special used the classic Henson puppet technology that made Henson’s “The Muppets” famous and even included an introduction by Kermit the Frog,” shared Variety.
For those who may not be familiar with the 70’s holiday special, here is a brief and spoiler free synopsis of the film: “A poor otter family risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas. Emmet and Ma Otter are very poor, but they are very happy and talented singers. Christmas is just around the corner, and both Emmet and Ma want to get the other a very special present. The prize in the talent show is $50. To win the prize both Emmet and Ma prepare a song ready for the competition; Emmet forms a jug band, and Ma practices alone, to vie with the Riverbottom Gang.”
The original 70’s special was showcased on ABC as a Christmas Special for the network. The story of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas was based off the book by Russell Hoban of the same name. No studio has formally picked up the project for production, but the film is currently being co-produced by the Jim Henson Company, Pacific Electric Picture Company and Snoot Entertainment.
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