How much would you pay to see Kermit the Frog as Jay Gatsby and Miss Piggy as Daisy Buchanan? The internet says it would be priceless, especially now that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic 1925 novel about jazz age romance and the American dream, The Great Gatsby, has crossed over into public domain after its U.S. copyright expired on January 1st.
So now that the classic tale of American strivers and success belongs to all of us, people are advocating for the Muppet gang to slip into something more flapper, because of course they are. And the tweets about it are just classic.
“I don’t understand all these Great Gatsby public domain references to the actual book but I’m very much looking forward to the inevitable Muppets version,” tweeted one Muppethead, with another asking, “Why aren’t there a million muppet remakes of old IP. It’s all anyone wants. It would make literally the entire world happy. It would end hunger and cure several of the more prominent diseases. Jesus would come back just to watch them.”
Every Jan. 1 a new crop of songs, books and movies enter the public domain when their their copyrights expire after 95 years. Given that the Muppets have rocked their own versions of Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Treasure Island and The Wizard of Oz, it’s not that crazy.
At press time Kermit the Frog had not commented on the matter.
Check out some of the other tweets advocating for Fozzy to take a trip to West Egg.
the great gatsby's out of copyright? sounds like we've been given the green light
— yuuko from nichijou (@headfallsoff) January 2, 2021
— Alicia Stella (@AliciaStella) January 2, 2021
I just saw article calling for a Muppet adaptation of "the Great Gatsby" now that the book has entered public domain, and I have to wonder… did- did they ever READ the book? because no one wants to see Kermit dead in a pool
— Jackson H (@hazeljorts) January 2, 2021
The sudden clamoring for a Muppet Great Gatsby is so weird to me. Unless you radically change the ending, in which case what's the point, it's a tragedy in which whatever Muppet plays Gatsby (presumably Kermit) gets shot in the back? Who the fuck wants to watch that?
— Vast Abbie Living Intelligence System (@goodhunterabbie) January 1, 2021
me: oh huh, the great gatsby just entered public domain
my gf, immediately: muppets time
— fer 🌺 (@hyacinthsuns) January 1, 2021
i'm a simple person. i don't want for much.
all i want is a muppets adaptation of the great gatsby with the only human being tobey maguire reprising his role as nick carraway.
— Star★Salts (@starsalts) January 2, 2021
How do English teachers celebrate the new year? We sit around the kitchen table with our family, eating burgers and imagining the Muppets version of the Great Gatsby, which enters the public domain today. pic.twitter.com/IVvd6iwqUB
— Sean Ziebarth (@MrZiebarth) January 1, 2021