I think there needs to be a commandment in Hollywood that goes something like this: "Thou shalt not remake a movie if there has already been a Muppet version of the story thou want to tell." If that rule had been etched on a tablet long ago, it would have kept Universal from deciding that the world needs another version of A Christmas Carol, which was quite ably done by Kermit and friends almost 15 years ago. But it wasn't, and they did. Universal's version, however will give the story an Exciting Twist!: It will be told through the eyes of Scrooge (ooh, edgy!), so we'll finally get to see what a pain in the ass that Bob Cratchit really is.

The one plus in this whole thing is that the film is going to be directed by Lasse Hallström, who at least knows what he's doing. It remains to be seen, of course, whether the screenplay (by Todd Komarnicki, primarily a producer) will give him anything to work with.