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A photo of the characters from Sesame Street in October 2009. - Provided courtesy of Sesame Workshop

'Sesame Street' movie in the works, report says

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06/20/2012 by Nichole Hamilton

Famed children's show "Sesame Street" is set to hit the big screen again.

Twentieth Century Fox has picked up the movie rights to the long-running and popular children's show "Sesame Street." According to the Hollywood Reporter, one of the show's own longtime writers, Joey Mazzarino, is on board to pen the script, while Shawn Levy, Michael Aguilar, Guymon Casady and Mark Gordon are set to produce the film.

The children's series premiered in 1969 and still lights up television sets everywhere, offering a unique and entertaining method to teach young viewers with its educational content. The show features short films, animations, humor, and of course Jim Henson's famed puppets with characters such as Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch and Elmo.

This isn't the first time the loveable characters have been made into films, however, with 1985's "Follow that Bird" and 1999's "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland."

Levy, who is set to produce the film, directed "Night at the Museum," "Date Night" and "Real Steel."

In September 2011, the veteran television program took on a more modern plot after the puppets did a parody of "Glee." The short, called "G," features Muppet versions of Finn (Cory Monteith), Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), Artie (Kevin McHale), Mercedes (Amber Riley), Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) and Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) - who goes by Mr. Guester in the short.

In October 2011, "Sesame Street" debuted a new Muppet named Lily during a special called "Growing Hope Against Hunger." Lily's purpose was to teach children about poverty and hunger, and the 7-year-old character also talked about insecurity over whether her family would have enough to eat.

A release date has not yet been announced for the highly-anticipated film.

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