From the press released from Disney, it feels as though The Muppets... Again! is a remake of sorts of the 1981 film The Great Muppet Caper. Here's the press release...
"Disney’s ‘The Muppets …Again!’ takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theatres in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit..."
The 1981 move The Great Muppet Caper saw Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie travel to London to interview a rich victim of jewel theives. Sound familiar?
"It’s great to be back working with the Muppets,’ said director Jame Bobin, who also co-wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller. "Some of them even remember my name occasionally now. As for the movie, it’s a tip of the hat to the old-school crime capers of the ’60s, but featuring a frog, a pig, a bear and a dog—no panthers, even pink ones—along with the usual Muppet-y mix of mayhem, music and laughs."
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kermit also shared some of his thoughts: "The idea of this film is that our gang is on this global tour, and we’re selling out these grand theaters all over Europe—in Berlin, Madrid, London—but we sort of get into a little bit of trouble when we run across my doppleganger. He’s the world’s number one criminal, Constantine, and he happens to look an awful lot like me."
But will Kermit be playing both roles? "No. We talked about putting me in makeup and having me play both roles, but we decided Constantine needed to be a guy who could do a Russian accent. And, you know, I’m a pretty accomplished actor and all, but besides the Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island films, I’ve only really ever played myself. The great thing is, I have like 3,000 relatives back in the swamp, so it was quite easy to find a frog who could play Constantine."
The Muppets...Again! is due to be in cinemas March 21st 2014 and will feature Ricky Gervais as Constantine's Number Two, Tina Fey as feisty prison guard Nadya and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. They are currently filming at Pinewoods Studios.