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Nearly 35 years after Follow That Bird hit theaters, the crew from Sesame Street is headed back to the big screen.

This week, Warner Bros. Pictures locked a January 15, 2021 release date for Sesame Street as a live-action musical. Warner Bros. acquired the rights for a Sesame Street film back in 2015, initially picking up a project from Night at the Museum‘s Shawn Levy that had been in development at Fox. Last fall, Warner Bros. confirmed that the film was moving forward, with Anne Hathaway eyeing a starring role, and Levy (now known for the Netflix hit, Stranger Things) on board to produce.

The Wrap reports that the picture will be directed by Portlandia co-creator Jonathan Krisel. Mike Rosolio handled first draft screenplay duties, with Chris Galletta penning the latest draft.

Jesse Ehrman is overseeing for Warner Bros. and Sesame Workshop will be involved with the project.

The news comes as Sesame Workshop is in the midst of a massive, year-long celebration of Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.