The news that Jason Segel and Nick Stoller, the duo behind the upcoming Forgetting Sarah Marshall, were pairing up for a Muppet movie was pretty exciting. Longtime fans of the Muppets have been hoping this would be a return to the truly funny Muppets of the 70's and 80's, and not the watered down version of Muppet Treasure Island.

But if you're wondering if the Muppets would begin to resemble Seth Rogen's roommates in Knocked Up (of which Segel was one), you would be very wrong indeed.

ComingSoon.net asked Segel about getting to work with the Muppets, and he responded with what can only be called ecstasy: "It's hilarious, fantastic, heart-wrenching, beautiful, nostalgic and remarkable." Asked if he was a big fan of the show (why do they think he told the Muppets he wanted to do a movie?), he continued to enthuse. "I just remember being 10 years old and for me Kermit was Tom Hanks. Kermit is like the original every man and I remember watching the old Muppet with my parents and seeing Peter Sellers and people like that on. I've always had Muppet pictures and figurines all through my house. Now that I'm getting to write it, I feel like all if my dreams are coming true."

Segel couldn't say whether he would be appearing in the film as himself or as a Muppet. "We'll see what they come up with."
Meanwhile, over at CHUD.com, Devin Faraci gleaned the possible plotline. "Apparently their Muppet film is going to be incredibly old fashioned, with the familiar Muppet characters putting on a show to save an old theater (the theater from The Muppet Show?). The danger? An evil character wants to tear the place down to get at the oil underneath."

Old fashioned could be a good thing, if they return to the days of Rainbow Connection. (One of the few songs that can melt my cold heart.) I'm excited to see what they come up with.