Muppets Most Wanted is a 2014 American musical comedy mystery film, directed by James Bobin, written by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller. It is a semi-sequel to the 2011's The Muppets. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman, who produced the previous film, will return, as well as musician Bret McKenzie.
Principal photography commenced in January 2013 at Pinewood Studios in London. 20th Century Fox released the film on March 21, 2014.
The film has a similar premise to 1981's The Great Muppet Caper.
According to an Entertainment Weekly interview with Kermit the Frog:
"The idea of this film is that our gang is on this global tour, and we’re selling out these grand theaters all over Europe—in Berlin, Madrid, London— but we sort of get into a little bit of trouble when we run across my Doppelgänger. He’s the world’s number one criminal Constantine and he happens to look an awful lot like me. I won’t tell you any more than that, but let’s just say mayhem ensues."
They also visit Dublin, which was one of the last cities to be added to the list.
When asked if Kermit will be doing a dual role when it comes to being asked if he was also playing Constantine, Kermit responded,
"No. We talked about putting me in makeup and having me play both roles, but we decided Constantine needed to be a guy who could do a Russian accent. And, you know, I'm a pretty accomplished actor and all, but besides The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island films, I've only really ever played myself. The great thing is I have like 3,000 relatives back in the swamp, so it was quite easy to find a frog who could play Constantine."
Nicholas Stoller confirmed that the film would be a caper and that the film's setting would take place throughout Europe.
According to the Official site:
Disney’s "Muppets Most Wanted" takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais.
- Human Cast
- Ricky Gervais as Dominic, aka Number Two
- Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard
- Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon
- Cameo Performances By
- Sean Combs
- Celine Dion
- Dexter Fletcher
- Lady Gaga
- Zach Galifianakis
- Salma Hayek
- Tom Hiddleston
- Frank Langella
- Ray Liotta
- Silvana Lovin
- Ross Lynch
- Bridgit Mendler
- Chloë Grace Moretz
- Josh Pence
- Debby Ryan
- Til Schweiger
- Peter Serafinowicz
- Danny Trejo
- Stanley Tucci
- Christoph Waltz
- Muppet Performers
- Steve Whitmire as Kermit the Frog, Foo-Foo, Beaker, Lips, Rizzo the Rat, Statler, Link Hogthrob, The Newsman
- Eric Jacobson as Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam the Eagle
- Dave Goelz as The Great Gonzo, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Waldorf, Beauregard
- Bill Barretta as The Swedish Chef, Rowlf the Dog, Dr. Teeth, Pepe the King Prawn, Bobo the Bear, Big Mean Carl, Baby Boss, Carlo Flamingo, Leprechaun Security Guard
- David Rudman as Scooter, Janice, Miss Poogy, Bobby Benson, Wayne
- Matt Vogel as Constantine, Floyd Pepper, Camilla the Chicken, Lew Zealand, Sweetums, Crazy Harry, 80s Robot, Pops, Robin the Frog, Uncle Deadly
- Peter Linz as Walter, Manolo Flamingo
- Background Muppets (non-speaking)
- Afghan Hound, Angel Marie, Annie Sue, Armadillo, Aretha, Behemoth, Beautiful Day Monster, Black Dog, Blind Pew, Blustering Bellowpane Monster, Bubba the Rat, Bulls, Brewster, Brool the Minstrel, Cactus, Calico, Captain Pighead, Carter, Catgut, Cockatoo (extended version), Cows, Croaker, Danny Dino Doc Dead Tom (as Thomas Blood), Dr. Julius Strangepork, Droop, The Early Bird, Ernst Stavros Grouper, Flaubert, Flash, Frackles, Frogs, Geri and the Atrics drummer, Gil, Gorillas, Gramps, Howard Tubman, Inkspots, Jacques Roach, J. G., Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy's offspring, Koala (extended version), Leroy the Donkey, Mahna Mahna, Marvin Suggs, Mildred Huxtetter, Muppaphone, Tonight Band drummer, The Mutations, Murray the Minstrel, Mr. Curly Twirly, Mr. Bitte, Mad Monty, Nigel the Conductor, Old Tom, One-Eyed Jack, Pigs, Pigeon, Pokey, Polly Lobster, Quongo, Rats, Red Big Lipped Pirate Rover Joe, Roy, Shark, Sheep, Snowths, Spamela Hamderson, Spotted Dick, three pirates from Muppet Treasure Island, Thingy-Thing, Thog, Trumpet Girl, T.R. the Rooster, Unicorn, Undertaker, Walleye Pike, Wanda, Wander McMooch, Whatnots
When initially asked about the prospects of a sequel prior to the release of The Muppets in November 2011, Jason Segel said: "We haven't really started thinking about a sequel yet. We're just waiting to see how this goes." When asked about making a stand alone film rather than a direct sequel, he replied: "I think that's a little bit more Muppety... The Great Muppet Caper is so different from The Muppets Take Manhattan which is so different from The Muppet Movie... I think that's the better approach."
- On February 13, 2012, during a British promotional appearance for The Muppets on This Morning on ITV, Kermit and Miss Piggy were asked about rumors of The Muppet Show returning to television; Kermit responded as follows: "If this movie does as well as we like and people want to see us, sure, we'll probably do more movies. And I mean it's nothing official - not official. But there's all this 'hush-hush Hollywood talk." Piggy turned to Kermit to add "Well, make it official. You can do that." Kermit: "Ok, it's official."
- On March 3, 2012 it was announced in Variety that James Bobin and Nick Stoller would pen the screenplay for the sequel.
- In a March 6, 2012 article from Guardian.co.uk, it was announced that Disney is planning an idea for a new prime-time television show featuring the Muppets following the upcoming success of the sequel, as well as new iPhone applications with new Muppet content.
- In a March 14, 2012 appearance on [[w:c:muppet:The View|The View], Kermit and Miss Piggy were asked by Elisabeth Hasselbeck if there is going to be a sequel to The Muppets. Kermit responded, "Well I think there is a very good chance of that. We are happy to say, yes. Yes, we are thrilled about that." His remark garnered a thunderous applause from the studio audience.
- In a March 21, 2012 interview with MTV News, Kermit the Frog and Walter talked about Jason Segel's departure from the franchise as they prep for The Muppets 2.
- In a March 2012 interview, Jason Segel (co-writer, producer, and star of The Muppets) said that he will not return for the sequel, stating: "I have handed off the Muppets to my writing partner [Nick Stoller] and to James Bobin. My goal was to bring the Muppets back and I feel like I accomplished that. I feel like they're in really good hands. But it was half a decade of my life, I just want a little breather, and I know that they're going to nail it."
- In an April 13, 2012 article from Collider.com, Nick Stoller revealed that the film is planned to be a comedy caper, will introduce new Muppets characters, will have a possible cameo for Jason Segel, and that Disney is hoping for a Summer 2013 release. He and James Bobin started writing the script on April 12, 2012. They wrote 13 pages after outlining the entire movie over the past few weeks.
- While Nick Stoller said the film could possibly have a cameo for Jason Segel, Segel later stated that he will not appear in the film.
- At the premiere of his movie The Five-Year Engagement, Stoller told New York Magazine that Walter will return: "'Walter is coming back... Come on, you saw the first one, right? The arc of the story was, 'Am I a man or a Muppet?' Gary chose 'I am a man.' So if you were making something called The Mannets, Gary would be in that. Walter chose to be a Muppet. He realized he's a Muppet.' But will Walter be shuffled into the Muppets' deep bench, or will he be a plot driver in the sequel? 'He is not making a cameo,' said Stoller. 'He is heavily involved in the story.' Still, Muppet purists shouldn't fret about the focus: "It's in the early stages, so everything could change, but right now it's a Kermit-centric story, as a lot of the original movies were."
- Kermit and Piggy appeared at CinemaCon on April 24, 2012 to officially announce that a new movie is in development. The official Muppets Facebook page reported the news with a graphic.
- On October 31, it was announced that Christoph Waltz was in negotiations to star as an Interpol inspector in a cast that also includes a "Russian femme fatale and a male lead whose intentions are always in question", along with a "slew of cameos". The movie is to be set in Europe.
- It was reported on November 4 that producer Todd Lieberman and composer Bret McKenzie will return for the sequel, which begins filming in late January 2013 at Pinewood Studio in London.
- On December 8, it was announced that Ty Burrell would star in the film as the Interpol inspector (the role Christoph Waltz was previously in negotiations for; but declined due to scheduling conflicts). In a video interview posted later that month, Waltz said he'd been talking about the movie again and may still appear, but "it might not be a proper part, it might just be one of these little what-they-call cameos."
- On December 16, Ricky Gervais confirmed that he would star in the film. Gervais [[w:c:muppet:Twitter tweeted] about it: "I have just signed up to play the lead in the next Muppet movie. I have the biggest trailer but Kermit will spend some time in my sink." Gervais commented on his role in the film on his website, saying: "You may have read that I have accepted the lead role in the next Muppet movie. I didn't so much accept it as jump at the chance. I f***ing love The Muppets. (I'll probably have to tone down my language for Disney.) We start filming in January. I can't wait. I'll be hangin' with those cuddly little critters all day."
- In a December 20th radio interview with WMMR's Preston and Steve, Bill Barretta (via phone from the film's pre-production in London) stated that Tina Fey is in negotiations to work on the project. He also mentioned that the producers are looking at Christmas 2013 release.
- On January 9, 2013, reports surfaced that Tina Fey was in the final negotiations to play "a Russian gulag prison guard" in the film.
- According to a January 2013 report from SlashFilm, the working title for the film is "The Muppets... Again."
- In January 2013, Disney announced a release date of March 21, 2014 for the film.
- On January 16, 2013, Ricky Gervais appeared on the British daytime television program [[w:c:muppet:This Morning This Morning] and discussed his excitement for working with the Muppets.(YouTube)
- On January 22, 2013, Variety reported that Ray Liotta has been cast in a cameo role for the film.
- In a radio interview on Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show Ricky Gervais mentioned filming a scene for the new Muppet movie with Christoph Waltz, confirming speculation that Waltz would still be in the movie despite not playing the starring role.
- On January 30, 2013, Entertainment Weekly published and exclusive "first look" at the film, featuring an interview with Kermit the Frog. A little later the same day, the Muppets' UK Facebook account posted a variant Muppet cast image with writer/director Bobin standing in for Sweetums.
- On February 7, 2013, German actor Til Schweiger confirmed to media outlets that he would be filming a cameo appearance with Ricky Gervais and the Muppets for one day in February. On February 15th, actress Fleur Poad (appearing in the film as "Berlin Woman") tweeted about Schweiger's time on the set.
- Eve Stewart, a production designer on the film, let slip that she is working on a scene featuring Miss Piggy's wedding at the Tower of London.
- James Bobin noted in an interview with Empire magazine that Muppeteer Louise Gold will be taking part in the movie, performing one of her original Muppet Show characters Annie Sue.
- On June 13, 2013, Disney announced that the film has been retitled "Muppets Most Wanted."
Unnecessarily Extended Cut
The Extended cut was released in summer of 2014 and features 11 minutes and 53 seconds of extra footage. The main differences are:
- 3 musical numbers that were shortened for the theatrical release (we’re doing a sequel, cockatoo in Malibu, and interrogation song) are all fully restored here.
- An additional scene where Nadya explains to Kermit Constantine’s backstory, in which he was abandoned as a tadpole by his mother and was adopted by the owner of Russia’s largest bomb factory, which he subsequently blew up.
- multiple additional celeb cameos.
- A fourth wall joke at the gulag when fozzie asks how they will escape. Noteworthy: in the final cut he is heard asking the question off camera whereas in the unreleased alternate cut and this extended edition: he is shown asking.
(Note: scenes restored in the extended cut will be included, as well as alternate versions of said scenes or scenes that remain missing.) Also if a scene says “found” or “partially found”, that means they were restored in the extended cut or at least partially reinstated, or that the full scene is at least viewable somewhere. If it says “lost” that means it is not in the extended cut and has not been released to the Public.
- An Extended Version of the We’re doing a sequel musical number that contains an additional 54 seconds of footage. What was cut was Rowlf saying: we can’t do any worse than The Godfather 3! Between miss piggy’s and Gonzo’s intro in the song, a dancing music segment, as well as Rowlf, lew, statler and Waldorf pitching their ideas on what the next muppet film should be about. (Found)
- Peter Serafinowicz filmed a cameo for the movie in March 2013 where he asks about the open all doors button and how he thinks it’s dangerous before being told to eat his goulash. After that, the lights go out and Constantine beats everyone up. This scene explains why the button opened all the doors at once.(Found)
- An exterior shot of the restaurant right before we meet Dominic bad guy, showing that the restaurant they meet in is frank and musso’s hollywood grill (Lost)
- Kermit telling the gang that if they are going on a world tour, they should travel in classic style and explains that he booked a tour train and points at an Amtrak surf liner the gang was convinced they would take, only for it to leave the station and reveal the run down train they are actually using. Beaurguard then reveals himself to be the engineer, which scooter questions. Beaureguard answers by saying: “it’s like a big car, but with no steering wheel so it’s easier!” This scene was cut because it made Kermit look like a cheapskate, considering he is a rich celebrity. (Found)
- After Kermit asks why miss piggy needs so much luggage, fozzie tells Kermit that the dining car has an observation deck, only to remember the dining car doesn’t have a roof (Found)
- The Swedish chef getting chased by a shark during the world tour (Partially Found/not in extended cut)
- after revealing that Kermit had booked a solid week in “poopenburgen”, miss piggy argues that they are professionals. Kermit says that nobody ever said this would be easy and that the have to start small. Fozzie asks if they can then go huge, before Kermit replies by claiming that they have to then go “slightly less small. Oh and then touch less small, until we’re small to medium small”. (Found)
- after Kermit asks why Bunsen would invent a magnetic bomb attractor vest, during his reply, he asks back: (cut parts in bold italics) “why did I invent the automatic drowning helmet? The extra sharp chair? Or the unexpectedly exploding cupcake? Then after the unexpectedly exploding cupcake…well, explodes, he answers: Because it’s there Kermit, because it’s there.” (Found)
- A Scene with beaker and Bunsen standing next to 80s bot strapped down. (Lost)
- An Extended Version of miss piggy and kermit arguing about wether or not they are engaged (Lost)
- The “Die Muppets Theme” was cut. It took place right before Constantine goes out on stage. (Partially found/not in extended cut and only audio found)
- When scooter is introducing Christopher waltz, he mistakes him for an Australian before being corrected. Afterwards, he orders for the waltzing Matilda Australian number to be cancelled, much to the disappointment to a kangaroo, a koala, and Beaureguard with a sombrero. (Found)
- In the theatrical version, Sam gets the last “laugh” when he pulls a rope revealing a comically large badge. What was cut was Jean angrily handing Sam the lemur file, filled with lemur coins. (Found)
- An Additional line from nadya was removed from she and kermit’s discussion as to why she thinks he is Constantine. “Sure frog. Everyone is innocent once in a gulag”. (Found)
- Nadya telling Kermit about Constantine’s backstory: He was abandoned as a tadpole by his mother and was adopted by the owner of Russia’s largest bomb factory (explaining his overuse of bombs and overall explosives) which he subsequently blew up. Kermit then tells nadya he is also terrified of bombs “‘specially on stage heh”. Nadya says that his joke was bad on two levels (Found)
- An Additional verse was cut from the song “Cockatoo In Malibu” (Found)
- Gonzo’s reaction to Constantine’s comment was changed.
Theatrical: Alright, Thank you Kermit!
Assembly Cut: Alright, you’re gonna regret this! (Partially Found)
- After Constantine let’s miss piggy do her 4 or 5 Celine dion songs, an additonal shot shows her happy reaction and her saying that she could just “smother you in kisses!” Before Constantine puts his hand up to her snout “later” (Found/not in extended cut/in low quality)
- An Additional scene where Constantine practices karate before scooter sneaks up on him and taps him on the shoulder, only for scooter to be thrown over the board. Dominic comes in and Constantine apologizes to scooter. Afterwards, scooter asks if he (Constantine) will be in the show, and he says he won’t perform and wants scooter to do the show without him. Dominic apologizes and takes Constantine to the bathroom where he repeatedly tells him to go, all the while calling themselves “number one” and “number two”. Scooter, walking in on them, leaves after a while deciding he had heard enough. This took place right before Constantine studies Kermit tapes and was cut mainly because of the toilet humor. (Found)
- Before the El Muppet Show introduction, a scene with the monsters going on stage was filmed (Lost)
- Another scene was shortened in which after Constantine introduces the indoor running of the bulls, he then takes in all the compliments from the audience. Scooter then tells him to wrap it up, but Constantine tells him to give him a minute so he can drink it in (Found)
- During the Appalling Performance for macarena, an additional shot of scooter hiding his face with his clipboard saying “I can’t watch”! Was filmed. (Found/not in extended cut)
- Hobo joe and the hobos in the audience, such as during the el muppet show theme, the indoor running of the bulls, miss piggy’s appalling Macarena performance, and the electric mayhems two hour performance. (Lost)
- A Slightly Extended Version of the electric mayhems two hour performance which contains an additional shot of animal drumming and a missing line from doctor teeth: “I knew audiences dug jam sessions” (Found)
- When jean and Sam go on a ride in his tiny car, a monologue was cut: Ah this is the life mon ami, out on the road with no schedule at all…except for madrid. This was replaced with a one liner: madrid here we come (Found)
- An Extended Version of The Interrogation song. Constantine and miss piggy’s interrogations we’re shortened. Gonzo’s verse was completely removed, after the Swedish chef’s interrogation: Jean asks if Sam can provide a full translation, beakers response, an alternate shot of animal, and two shots after that were reshuffled. (Found)
- an additional line from Nadya during the scene where she tells Kermit to help her with the gulag annual revue about Kermit being in the buisness of the show (Lost)
- after Jean and damn realize they are not so different and start getting along, they go back and forth on who leaves to go to Dublin first (Found)
- An extended version of Pepe playing with Sean combs. (Lost)
- After Walter asks everyone is they thought Kermit was acting weirdly, miss piggy shrugs it off, saying that he’s never been “more caring and devoted to me”. RIzzo replies with: that’s what we’re saying. An unfilmed alternate version of this scene had Pepe say that instead (Partially found)
- After gaining respect from fellow inmates after snapping at them, he then sees big papa roll eyes at him, much to his anger (Found)
- An Extended Version of Walter following Dominic as he suspects he is the reason they were selling out their shows. What was cut was an extra take with Dominic going up an escalator and Walter follows him as well as him ice skating with Walter following as well (Found)
- While Nadya is kissing a paper cuttout of Kermit, another guard tells her a prison riot is happening, but she snaps back with “can’t you see I’m busy?” He leaves and she continues kissing (Found)
- Dominic asks if Constantine is knitting a scarf and if it is a present for someone. Constantine says it is and when Dominic asks for who, he then replies with “none of your buisness” (Found)
- after Rowlf finds out Walter quit the muppets, janice’s response was cut: And I like, totally cried when he joined the muppets (Found)
- after Dominic says the muppets will be better without them, Statler replies with: “Couldn’t get any worse” (Found)
- shortly thereafter, everyone agrees briefly about Walter and fozzie being removed from the muppets, everyone agrees before Floyd corrects them. (Found)
- an additional song “moves like jagger” was completely cut from the film and was played by scooter and the penguins, it was shortened from a 3 minute feature length song to an 8 second cameo. The snippet shown in the final version was altered too. The stage was originally more reddish and had neon coloring. Scooter and the penguins were copy and pasted onto a different background. A still frame from this scene can be seen in the gallery. It is the top row in the middle. (Partially Found)
- After Constantine “Marries” Miss piggy, Camilla asks about she and Gonzo’s relationship, to which he responds: I told when I’m a millionaire. Again” referencing the destruction of his toilet factory in the previous film (Found)
- When the paparazzi take photos, miss piggy notices her ring is black before being told by Constantine that is is a black Diamond ring and that it is priceless like she is. She is happy because she had never heard him say that before before getting suspicious and asking what’s gotten into him, to which he replies “love my dear……love” (Found)
- After the “Marriage”, Dominic and Constantine discuss their plan backstage and Constantine claims that he realized months ago that their only chance of pulling this off, was a muppet wedding (Found)
- After the news reporter finishes his report, he gets rammed offset by one of the in door running of the bulls, which is a more “the muppet show” esque ending to one of his reports (Found)
- Danny Trejo has his own intermission act where he tells a joke, then puts his hands up and waves them while saying “wocka wocka wocka”. The extended cut has him doing this from the back, while in the assembly cut, he is seen doing this from the front (One Found, Other Partially Found)
- When Walter, Fozzie, And Animal plan to break Kermit out, Kermit says they will have to break the fourth wall (Found)
- In London, Kermit coincidentally runs into Dominic bad guy and puts on his best Constantine impression. after verbally insulting him, he then goes back with the others. This scene explains what fozzie meant by “wow Kermit you were like James Bond back there!” (Found)
- An Extended Version of Constantine and Kermit’s Mirror Gag (Lost)
- Dominic confused as to why Constantine and Kermit are mimicking eachother perfectly and accidentally steps on fozzie: Ow! Um I mean um…nothing!” (Found)
- Constantine explains phase 4 of his plan. He doesn’t plan to be married for long. Confused, Dominic says that if miss piggy finds out or the plan fails, he will have to split the Crown Jewels with her 50/50. (Found)
- When the delivery guy arrives, he confirmed it’s ”For mr um, the frog? (Found)
- Scooter and Rowlf meeting the Disney channel celebrities and then scooter asks who they are. They said they were the Disney synergy people, causing scooter to get confused. Afterwards, Kermit reveals to fozzie that he swallowed a hairpin in the event some like them being left in a car happened. He hawks up the hairpin but fozzie accidentally throws it because it was cold, gross, and slimy (Found)
- After Kermit and Fozzie Escape, Kermit gives fozzie directions of where to go (Found)
- After Dominic finishes his underground heist, he ditches the babies (Lost)
- when Constantine reveals himself at the wedding, Rowlf says that Kermit couldn’t have had a cold for that long. Pepe adds that he couldn’t have that bad an accent either (Found)
- In the trailer, Kermit has a cut line: I love you”. This is part of an extended version of Kermit explaining his love to miss piggy (Partially Found)
- Hobo joe is seen saying that he believes in love again and then kisses a whatnot as shown in one of the trailers (Found)
- When beaker bears the full brunt of Constantine’s bomb, he turns the Thames to Bunsen in his magnetic bomb attractor vest, causing the headpiece to explode (Partially Found)
- Jean and Sam were originally a part of the muppet ladder in the final battle. This alternate version of the fight was completely filmed and finished. (Partially found)
- when kermit falls from the helicopter, he falls into the water and out of anger, successfully tears off that mole. He then climbs up the muppet ladder, and then grabs onto the other side of the heli. This scene explains why suddenly kermit is on the other side of the helicopter and how he tore off his mole. (Lost)
- After they kiss, kermit asks how they land the helicopter. Miss piggy then presses the autopilot button (Found)
- After Rowlf discovers that Dominic bad guy was a badguy (which he made painfully obvious in the late second act), Gonzo corrects him: “it’s pronounced bad-gee” (Found)
- After Jean changes his mind And goes with sam, an extra shot was filmed in which Dominic brags about now being number one and Constantine becoming number two, he then angrily tells Dominic to shut up (Found)
- A two part scene was cut in which first Nadya’s reasoning to arrest kermit was altered. In the final cut, she says it’s for causing the largest breakout in gulag history. In the assembly cut and the trailer, she simply replies “for breaking my heart”. For a while things stay the same until at one point during the scene where the muppets hold out their arms so they can be arrested too, she changes her mind to just have him in prison for 6 months. After that, she changes her mind again to let him go, under one condition. They let her have her own solo finale when singing Together Again with the muppets. This explains what Kermit mean’t when he said “ok Nadya this is your solo!” The rest of the film stayed the exact same from here on out. (Partially Found)