Flight Of The Conchords’ Bret McKenzie writing a ‘Labyrinth’-style musical comedy film

Meanwhile, McKenzie has also written some more songs for next year's 'Muppets Most Wanted'

Flight Of The Conchords star Bret McKenzie has revealed that he is writing a “fairytale comedy musical” film in the vein of Labyrinth, the 1980s cult classic starring David Bowie.

Since he and Jemaine Clement called time on the Flight Of The Conchords TV show in 2009, McKenzie has moved into movies, landing the role of Lindir in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy and also appearing in smaller films such as Austenland, a romcom starring Keri Russell that arrives in UK cinemas next month (September).

He also wrote several original songs for 2011’s The Muppets, which was directed by Flight Of The Conchords‘ executive producer James Bobin, and later won an Oscar for one of them, ‘Man Or Muppet’.

Now McKenzie has revealed that he is working on his own film project. “I’m in the middle of a script for a kind of – it hasn’t got a name yet but it’s a fairytale comedy musical, sort of akin to Labyrinth or something like that,” he told Collider.

“James Bobin’s helping me. I’m the official writer but we’re developing it. I want to make a comedy musical with singing dragons and monsters and stuff. [It’s] live-action, so it would be a mixture of The Muppets and The Princess Bride.”

Continuing, McKenzie emphasised that the project is “still developing” and in its “early” stages, but added: “It’s definitely my favourite thing I’m working on at the moment.” Meanwhile, McKenzie has also written songs for Bobin’s Muppets sequel, titled Muppets Most Wanted, which is due in cinemas next March (2013). You can watch a teaser trailer for the film below.