Bret McKenzie is a busy guy, hard at work on the music for the Muppets sequel "Muppets Most Wanted" and promoting his role in the Keri Russell rom-com "Austenland." While those commitments are currently at the top of his priority list, the Oscar-winning multi-hyphenate tells Collider that there's one other project he wants to pursue.
McKenzie revealed that he's currently collaborating with "Muppets" director and co-writer James Bobin on what sounds like an awesome original musical, with some legendary inspirations.
"I'm in the middle of a script for a kind of -- it hasn't got a name yet but it's a fairy-tale comedy musical, sort of akin to 'Labyrinth' or something like that," McKenzie said. "I'm developing and that script's halfway through. ... I want to make a comedy musical with singing dragons and monsters and stuff. [It's] live-action, so it would be a mixture of 'The Muppets' and 'The Princess Bride.'"
McKenzie's previous collaboration with Bobin -- 2011's "The Muppets" -- was a delightful romp, and McKenzie's music was a particular highlight, scoring him the Academy Award for Best Original Song for his composition "Man or Muppet." Considering that success, it makes sense for the two to keep up their partnership, and this new project seems destined to follow a similarly successful route.
Despite the excitement McKenzie's revelation brings, the writer-musician-actor was quick to say that it might be a while before we see the fruits of his labor.
"No title yet but it's definitely my favorite thing I'm working on at the moment," he said. "It's early, though, it's early. It's still developing."
We can't wait.