Disney is moving forward with a sequel to the recent Muppet film, which isn't really a surprise, since the movie ended up doing very well. Vulture is reporting that the studio has closed a deal with The Muppets director James Bobin and co-writer of the last film Nicholas Stoller. Unfortunately, Jason Segel won't be back to help bring the story to life, which is a shame as he was the head cheerleader for the first film.
It's not that Disney didn't want him back, the guy just doesn't have the time to fit it in his busy schedule. He's currently working on the eight season of How I Met Your Mother and has a ton of other films that he's developing on his plate, such as Five Year Engagement and Judd Apatow's This Is Forty. I'm sure a Muppets sequel will be fine without him.
Now, there is a chance that Segel could return to star in the sequel, but that all depends on the script that that Stoller and Bobin pump out. Will it be good enough for the studio to want to move forward with, and will Segel's character even be written in? I'm sure well find out soon enough.
Would you be interested in a Muppets sequel without Segel's involvement?