As we reported, at the start of this year, many classic works went into the public domain, including one of the finest novels from the United States, The Great Gatsby. No doubt we’ll start seeing plenty of adaptations of the classic novel over the next few years, but there’s one adaptation many people are eager to see: A Muppet adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
The idea that The Muppets should make a film adaptation of The Great Gatsby soon caught the attention of Twitter and Reddit, with many people suggesting how such a film could take form. Many people felt that the narrator, Nick Carraway should be the only human character in the film, with the rest all being played by Muppets.
Most agreed that Kermit the Frog should play the role of Jay Gatsby and that his love interest, Daisy Buchanan, should be played by Kermit’s love interest, Miss Piggy. Some commenters on Reddit felt the character of Nick should be played for a second time by Tobey Maguire, who previously played the role in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 film adaption. Others suggested that Paul Rudd should get the role, given that he played Nick in the television film of the book, both solid choices.
The Verge also got in on the action, stating that the book’s antagonist, Tom Buchanan, should be played by Fozzie Bear, a choice we fully support. Some have been more skeptical of a Muppet adaptation, pointing out that some of the book’s darker themes may be unsuitable for The Muppets. SPOILER ALERT, the book does end with Gatsby being gunned down, something we’re not eager to see happen to everybody’s favourite frog. That said, previous Muppet adaptations haven’t been afraid to tweak their source material, so maybe A Muppet Gatsby could work.
Previous Muppet adaptations of popular books include Muppet Treasure Island, based upon Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, and A Muppet Christmas Carol, based upon Charles Dickens’ classic novel A Christmas Carol. Both are highly regarded by fans and readers alike, and isn’t it about time we saw a new Muppet adaptation of a classic book? Really, who doesn’t want to hear Kermit say “Old sport”?