It’s been a while since we’ve been able to check out a new Muppet movie – with the exception of Kermit the Frog, of course – but it seems that the puppet masters are finally giving us something to look forward to. Per Variety, The Muppets have begun negotiations to bring back their popular puppet characters for a new film. While details are currently scarce, it seems that the project would focus on “the adventures of a group of furry friends as they navigate the modern world.” No word yet on if Kevin Clash would be involved in any way, but considering his recent comments about his dwindling fan base, it wouldn’t be surprising if he didn’t have any involvement in the project.

Why a Brother/Sister Movie?

While it would be tempting to assume that the Muppets are finally doing this because of the success of the 2018 film, that would be wrong. Per the Wrap, the team is actually looking to expand its schtick and add more comedy to help reignite the franchise. Interestingly, the studio that the Muppets are negotiating with for the movie is currently responsible for the hit show, The Handmaid’s Tale. Between this and the success of the 2018 film, it would seem that this is the direction that the Muppets are moving in.

Will It Be Family-Friendly?

With the exception of Kermit the Frog, most of the characters in the Muppet franchise are either adults or middle-aged. While it’s always been a treat to see the characters interact with kids, it seems that the team behind the Muppet franchise is looking to have the next film be more family-friendly. One of the areas in which they’re aiming to improve is comedy. If rumors are to be believed, the next film will focus on “comedy, romance, and family.” Whether the Muppets will be able to pull off this reboot successfully remains to be seen, but for now, it seems that the puppet masters have a lot to look forward to.