Bo Burnham hasn’t yet set up his sophomore directorial gig following his acclaimed Eighth Grade, but he does have a new project to work on. Burnham will contribute songs to the live-action Sesame Street adaptation in development at Warner Bros. and MGM.
Portlandia director and co-creator Jonathan Krisel is helming the musical, which has Anne Hathaway attached to star. Mike Rosolio and Chris Galletta have written drafts of the script, while Sesame Workshop, which owns the rights to the show, is overseeing development of the movie.
The story follows the Sesame Street characters after they are mysteriously expelled from their neighbourhood. This forces them to collaborate with history show host Sally Hawthorne to prove that Sesame Street actually exists.
Burnham won multiple awards for Eighth Grade last year, but he’s still mostly known for his musical comedy. His clever wordplay and excellent comedic timing within songs should be a perfect fit for the Sesame Street adaptation. The film itself sounds like a strange mix of ideas right now, but it doesn’t feel like an easy cash-grab either, and actually feels like it’s trying to do something different with the characters.
Burnham will next be seen in the upcoming thriller Promising Young Woman. He will star alongside Carrie Mulligan, Alison Brie and Connie Britton.