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In the Works: Bert, Ernie & Elmo Heading to the Big Screen with Fox-Acquired 'Sesame Street' Project

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 20, 2012 at 1:23PM

Twentieth Century Fox has acquired the rights to PBS' beloved educational children's show "Sesame Street," now in its 43rd year. Longtime "Sesame" writer Joey Mazzarino is set to pen a script bringing the show's characters to the big screen...
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Bert and Ernie in "Sesame Street"
Bert and Ernie in "Sesame Street"

Twentieth Century Fox has acquired the rights to PBS' beloved educational children's show "Sesame Street," now in its 43rd year. Longtime "Sesame Street" writer Joey Mazzarino is set to pen a script bringing the show's characters to the big screen. Everyone's favorite puppet and live-action NYC cityblock has had quite the roster of celebrity appearances over the years -- it will be interesting to see which Hollywood stars are lured by the likes of Elmo. Brad Pitt appeasing Oscar the Grouch, perhaps?

"Sesame Street" has had two previous film adaptations. "Follow that Bird" (1985), which starred John Candy, Chevy Chase and Dave Thomas in addition to the usual gang, plus 1999's "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland."

This article is related to: 20th Century Fox, Sesame Street, IN THE WORKS, Television, TV


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.