New Muppets Movie Going Ahead, But Without Jason Segel As a Writer

"THE MUPPETS"RIGHT WHERE WE BELONG – With banjo-strumming Kermit at the center of the action, the Muppets – (l to r: Scooter, Swedish Chef, Fozzie Bear, Kermit, Miss Piggy {of course!}, Sam Eagle, Beauregard and Link Hogthrob) – are ready to play the music, light the lights and get things started in THE MUPPETS (Opening in theatres on November 23rd).Photograph by: Scott Garfield?Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Photo: Scott Garfield ?Disney Enterprises, Inc./?Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

A deal has been reached with The Muppets director James Bobin and original co-writer Nicholas Stoller to pen a sequel, but insiders also tell us that Stoller's original collaborator, Jason Segel, won't be returning to the keyboard. Segel, a star of How I Met Your Mother — now in its eighth season — has a burgeoning film career, and Disney insiders tell Vulture that between his commitment to the CBS sitcom, his other feature-writing efforts, and promotional work for Five Year Engagement (due out this coming April) and Judd Apatow's This Is Forty (in December), there won't be time to collaborate on a Muppets sequel.

Shame, really: Segel and Stoller first pitched their idea for a Muppets sequel to Disney in 2008, just before Segel had proven his genius for blood-sucking puppetry in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. We suspect he'll be missed. He is, after all, a muppet of a man.

A Segel spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment, but we're told by our Disney insiders that there's still a chance that the actor may star in a Muppets sequel, depending on how the Stoller-Bobin script turns out.