At times like this, it's best if we just return to the nostalgia of our childhood.
Not only is the Sesame Street film back in the works, but the film now has a major producer backing it – Shawn Levy, who previously brought you Netflix hit series Stranger Things as a director and producer.
Levy also directed the Night at the Museum movies and has produced a bunch of Hollywood movies, including the recent Arrival. He is also set to direct the Uncharted video game movie adaptation for Sony and is expected to return as one of the main directors on Stranger Things’ second season, which is now in production.
Previously at Twentieth Century Fox, the Sesame Street project (which does not have a title or confirmed creative team at this time) has now moved to Warner Bros.
Levy told Screen Rant: ‘Sesame Street is at Warner Bros, and we are right now working on a treatment for what I think is going to be a really imaginative and entertaining take on that beloved and decades old global brand.
‘The trick there is to honour these characters that are beloved but in a movie that feels entertaining for the kids who we might bring to the movie but humorous on that second level for those parents who bring their kids. It’s early – we’re still at the treatment stage, but very bullish on that.’
The series was created in 1969 by Childrens Television Workshop and Jim Henson. It is a childhood favourite for many and now has a whole new generation of fans through its episodes on HBO.
Levy is working with writers Mike Jones who penned the English adaptations of The Wind Rises and The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and long-time Sesame Street writer Joey Mazzarino on the film.