Anne Hathaway still wants to do ‘Sesame Street’ movie

Anne Hathaway still wants to do ‘Sesame Street’ movie

Collider first reported in 2018 that Anne Hathaway was being considered for the lead role in the highly anticipated Sesame Street film directed by Portlandia’s Jonathan Krisel. In 2023, the film is still far from finished due to numerous delays. Despite the lack of progress, Hathaway has remained committed to the project in the hope that it will be completed one day. While at the Sundance Film Festival for her thriller Eileen, the Academy Award winner spoke with Collider’s Perri Nemiroff about the status of the Sesame Street film and why she continues to work on it despite the delays.

Hathaway hasn’t stopped moving in the years since she was cast as Sally Hawthorne, a history show host fighting to save her show and prove the existence of the titular Sesame Street. She has appeared in a number of films, including Dark Waters, The Witches, Armageddon Time, and, of course, Eileen.

anne hathaway
anne hathaway

She was also given the opportunity to executive produce and star in the Apple TV+ miniseries WeCrashed alongside Jared Leto.  Given Hathaway’s hectic schedule, how long can she really wait for Sesame Street?

“It hasn’t happened yet,” Hathaway said when Nemiroff first mentioned the project. I’m hoping so.” Nemiroff then asked her what motivates her to continue working on the project despite the setback. Hathaway responded: “I don’t make movies that I don’t love. Even if it’s an unusual love.

Even if it’s a love that doesn’t make sense to other people, and even if the final product isn’t what I expected it to be. I don’t think I’ll be able to do it unless it sparks something in me. So, when you read something and you’re genuinely charmed or delighted, or it brings you joy, or it’s something you want to share with others, it’s extremely difficult to walk away from things that move you authentically.

And, you know, it’s a strange business. It takes 20 years to make a movie, and there is something extremely satisfying about sticking to one’s guns. And there’s something really special about looking out and saying, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe for like eight years I was the only person who understood this,’ and knowing that everyone who had my back believed in me. As a result, it’s a wonderful story. It is not always successful.

anne hathaway
anne hathaway

Sometimes, after eight years, you just think, ‘I think it’s time to call it.’ It’s a mixed bag, and I’m very fortunate to have had a career in this industry thus far, so I’ve had a variety of experiences.” Hathaway revealed little about what makes this project unique, but she elaborated on her interest from a different perspective. She described filmmaking as “experimental,” with the goal of challenging viewers and pushing boundaries at the risk of failure rather than simply creating something that everyone enjoys. She elaborates:

“I also want to make clear that what we do is highly experimental. What you were saying about if everyone is going to love everything, you can question whether or not enough risks were taken or if you played it safe to appeal to the broadest possible audience.

And if you’re interested in filmmaking as an experimental form of art, there’s a very good chance it won’t work. And audiences are being asked to say, ‘I know, I know. Please, please keep coming back,’ because when it hits, we all know what it means, but it also means that you have to eat some failure from time to time, and that’s fine.”

If Sesame Street is made into a film, Hathaway will star opposite Chance the Rapper. He was cast as an aide to an evil mayor who is determined to keep Sesame Street a secret for his own gain.  Bo Burnham, who used his pandemic downtime to record his magnum opus to date, Inside, had previously been attached to create music for the project. There’s no telling when or if the Sesame Street film will be released, but Hathaway appears to be in it for the long haul.

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