Hot off the success of his work on The Muppets, with one of his songs - "Life's a Happy Song" - tipped for an Oscar nomination, things are on the up and up for co-creator of The Flight of The Conchords, Brett McKenzie. Busy working the promotional tour for The Muppets, McKenzie took time to speak to The Hollywood Reporter about his upcoming role in The Hobbit. While he may only have a small role as a sort of 'elf PA', he seemed to have quite an impact on his fellow cast members. As per THR, McKenzie along with Ian McKellen and Hugo Weaving are said to have spent much of their time on set planning a musical version of the popular story. "We had a bit of downtime on set, so we started workshopping The Hobbit: The Musical."
With The Lord of the Rings musical arriving on our shores for a highly coveted show at The Grand Canal Theatre this weekend just gone, it's proven a popular alteration to a much loved story, so it could very well work as musical movie for The Hobbit.
What will delight fans of Brett McKenzie even more than a possible Hobbit musical though, is this talk about the short lived HBO series, The Flight of the Conchords, hitting the big screen.
"We're gonna try and do a movie. We just need a story."
In the same red carpet interview McKenzie joked about the filming schedule: "I'm gonna go back to New Zealand tomorrow, maybe film it next week. And then edit it the week after... I don't know how familiar you are with movies, but there's a lot of behind the scenes stuff that could take one or two weeks. Probably in about a month we'll have a premiere."
This makes me very happy.
In case you forget how much you love Brett and Jermaine...