Joseph Gordon-Levitt to produce and star in ‘Fraggle Rock’ movie

Actor will collaborate with Jim Henson's daughter, Lisa Henson, on the live-action film

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is to produce and star in a live-action Fraggle Rock movie, it has been announced.

The Fraggle Rock film has been stuck in so-called “development hell” for around a decade, but gains a major boost by bringing Gordon-Levitt on board. The project is now in the works at LA-based film company New Regency. Lisa Henson, daughter of the late Jim Henson, is also involved.

“The first screen personas I ever loved were Henson creations, first on Sesame Street and then on Fraggle Rock,” Gordon-Levitt told Variety. “Jim Henson’s characters make you laugh and sing, but they’re also layered, surprising, and wise. From Oscar the Grouch, to Yoda, to the Fraggles. I’ve never stopped loving his work, even as a young frisky man, and on into adulthood.”

“Collaborating with Lisa Henson makes me confident we can do something that Jim would have loved,” he added. “I’m grateful and excited to be working with New Regency on this project.”

Fraggle Rock, a live-action puppet TV series that followed an underground colony of Muppet-like creatures called Gobo, Mokey, Red, Wembley, Boober and Uncle Traveling Matt, was a co-production between HBO, British TV company Television South, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Henson Associates. It aired for 96 episodes between 1983 and 1987. A short-lived animated spin-off series also aired in 1987.