Jason Segel Explains Why He Won't Be Involved in The Muppets Sequel
Posted 03.05.12 by Ryan
Actor Jason Segel co-wrote and starred in last year's The Muppets, which, after being the first Muppets movie in over ten years, quickly became the most successful Muppets movie ever made. Discussion of a sequel naturally followed, but reportedly without Segel's involvement, as neither a writer nor as an actor.
Segel's stepping away seemed curious, since his co-writer — Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller — is on board to return as well as director James Bobin. However, in an interview with Collider, Segel confirmed that he will not work on the sequel, claiming that he wanted to "pursue more human-related projects."
It’s true [that I'm not involved writing the sequel] but it’s totally amicable. My goal was to bring The Muppets back and I did that, leaving them in very good hands, my writing partner and James Bobin the director. I did what I set out to do, and now I wanna pursue more human-related projects (laughs)
All I wanted to do was to set the stage for them to do whatever they wanted. I’m sure I’ll return in some capacity here and there, but that was half a decade of my life. Five years of hard work. I’m ready for a little puppet break.
Not that Segel is resting on his laurels. Besides appearing in the TV show How I Met Your Mother, the actor will also appear later this year in the indie comedy Jeff Who Lives at Home on March 16th, and the romantic comedy The Five Year Engagement on April 27th. Director Judd Apatow's Knocked Up spin-off This is Forty is due out later this year on December 21st.