Shawn Levy to produce Sesame Street film

June 20th, 2012

Shawn Levy is to produce a new 'Sesame Street' movie.

The 'Night at the Museum' director will join Michael Aguilar, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady on the project after 20th Century Fox picked up the film rights for the long-running children's TV show, with longtime 'Sesame Street' writer Joey Mazzarino penning the script for the film.

Shawn and Fox are working on an idea for a motion picture based on the iconic Jim Henson-created characters - Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch - who star in the educational series.

The TV show has won a total of 138 Emmy Awards throughout its run, which began in 1969, and has previously been adapted into two big screen productions, 'Follow That Bird' in 1985 - which starred Chevy Chase, John Candy and Dave Thomas - and 1999 movie 'The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland'.

Shawn - who has previously helmed 'The Pink Panther', 'Cheaper by the Dozen' and 'Just Married' - is currently looking at a July start date for his forthcoming comedy movie 'The Internship', which will see 'Wedding Crashers' duo Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn team up again.