‘The Muppets’ reboot will be ‘much better’ than ‘The Simpsons’
“I’m not sure if it’s an insult to say I’m disappointed,” says the show’s creator and executive producer Tim Allen.
“But I’m more excited than anything because I know that I’m doing something really special with it.”
The Simpsons spinoff, set to begin shooting next month, will be the biggest and most ambitious revival of the animated comedy series ever made.
It will be based on the hit 1980s TV series, with a screenplay by Allen and a new creative team, and will follow the adventures of the Muppet family as they attempt to save Springfield from the evil Governor (voiced by Chris Rock) and his army of evil puppets.
It’s the latest incarnation of the iconic family, which Allen has been working on since the show was revived for a second season in 2009.
The original Simpsons spin-off was a hit, but Allen has long felt that it lacked the depth of the original, which was the biggest hit on TV in decades.
The new series will also be a lot of fun.
“It’s going to be really, really fun,” says Allen, whose other credits include the Oscar-nominated drama Black Swan.
“There’s going be a great deal of comedy, and the writers have been really generous with their ideas.
I think they’re doing a good job.”
In the spirit of being as inclusive as possible, there will be no black characters onscreen.
Instead, the series will feature characters of color on a variety of different backgrounds, including Japanese, Vietnamese, Native American and African American.
Allen has previously joked that the idea of including Native American characters on the show stemmed from the idea that the Native Americans themselves were very accepting of the show.
“It is a really interesting way of making a point,” Allen says.
“I don’t know that you’d be able to say that we’re doing the right thing if we didn’t include them.
We’re trying to make sure that the diversity of the cast and the characters is there.
We want to make them as diverse as possible.
We’ve heard from a number of Native American actors that they are thrilled with that.”
The new show will feature more of the familiar Muppeteers, but it will also feature characters from new eras, including a young Bart Simpson, the first black character to appear on-screen since 1960, who will be voiced by Jason Sudeikis.
The show will also see new voice talent and original music by composer John Mayer.
Allen says that the new series, while still in development, is “much better than the first one.”
“There’s a lot more going on,” he says.
“I can’t say it enough, but we can’t be satisfied with the first Simpsons.”