EW reports: Though a sequel for The Muppets has been greenlit, one star who was integral to bringing the franchise into the new millennium won’t be a part of it, reports Collider.
Jason Segel told the site he won’t be signing up for another round with Kermit and Co.
“It’s true [that I won't be in the sequel],” said Segel, “but it’s totally amicable. My goal was to bring the Muppets back and I did that, leaving them in very good hands.”
Segel said he wants “to pursue more human-related projects,” adding, “All I wanted to do was to set the stage for them to do whatever they wanted. I’m sure I’ll return in some capacity here and there, but that was half a decade of my life. Five years of hard work. I’m ready for a little puppet break.”
EW has confirmed that The Muppets co-writer Nicolas Stoller and director James Bobin will reunite to pen a new script.
The Muppets ultimately grossed more than $88 million at the box office, and songwriter Bret McKenzie won an Oscar for Best Original Song at this year's Oscars.