Thirty years after The Muppets brought Charles Dickens’s classic, A Christmas Carol, to the big screen with The Muppets Christmas Carol, Miss Piggy wants another literary classic brought to life.
Miss Piggy voiced her interest in adapting Jane Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice while reminiscing about The Muppets Christmas Carol with Ted Lasso star and writer Brett Goldstein at a 30th anniversary roundtable interview hosted by Entertainment Weekly. “Pride and Prejudice, I’d love to do that,” Miss Piggy said. “Brett, you’ve got pull in this town. Can you get Pride and Prejudice and Piggy green-lit?”
Goldstein told Miss Piggy he would see what he could do. “I mean, let’s see how much pull you and me together as a package has in this town, and I think we’re going to be very surprised,” he said. The Ted Lasso star won a 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance of Roy Kent on the sports comedy series.
Counted among the world’s most beloved novels, Pride and Prejudice centers on the character of Elizabeth Bennett, one of five sisters tasked with marrying a wealthy husband to support the family in the absence of a male heir to inherit the estate from their late father. A movie of the same name directed by Joe Wright was released in 2005 starring Keira Knightley as Bennett and Matthew Macfadyen as her romantic interest, Mr. Darcy.
Miss Piggy dismissed all doubts during the roundtable interview with Goldstein that she could lead a Pride and Prejudice adaptation, saying she has lots of “lots of technique.” Her fellow Muppets did not voice their interest in joining such an adaptation.That said, The Muppets have adapted a variety of classic novels over the years, including Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island in 1996 and L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz in 2005. The films starred Tim Curry as Long John Silver and Ashanti as Dorothy Gale, respectively.
Since then, The Muppets have appeared in original movies and TV shows. Under the Disney banner, The Muppets have released two theatrical films — The Muppets in 2011 and Muppets Most Wanted in 2014 — since the studio bought them in 2004. In 2020, The Muppets returned to their TV roots with Muppets Now, a six-episode miniseries on Disney+. They have also made the rounds on the late night talk show circuit in recent years, from Jimmy Kimmel Live to Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Fans even wanted The Muppets to host the 94th Academy Awards.
The Muppets have more future projects in the pipeline. The Muppets Mayhem, a comedy musical series, is planned for release on Disney+. It has no set release date.