Alex over at Firstshowing, and to be honest just about every other movie site out there, is reporting that a script chronicling the life of Muppet-creator Jim Henson has been bought by Empire Productions. Henson, who died in 1990 at age 53 from pneumonia, was repsonsible for some of the brightest moments in children’s entertainment.From The Muppets’s various incarnations, Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and of course, our personal fav Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas.
No director or actors have been cast for Henson, but word is this project is looking for major talent both behind and in front of the lens. The script was written by Robert D. Slane and will go into production in late summer with a $30 million budget. It would be kinda cool if they wove some of the Muppets into the movie, a la Miss Potter or Finding Neverland. It seems ripe for the kind of inventive, whimsical biopic that someone like say, Michel Gondry could create; but even if they go the straight forward way they would have to work hard to screw this up.
“This is a major project about an entertainer of legendary stature and worldwide acclaim,” said Dean Hamilton-Bornstein, CEO of Empire Film Group. “The script is superb and should provide a terrific roadmap for a completed film that will satisfy both mainstream audiences and critics. We’re very excited about this acquisition and the commercial caliber of this project.”
“Jim Henson is one of the best known and most beloved entertainers of all time,” said Empire Home Entertainment President Eric Parkinson. “His story is inspiring, tragic, heartwarming and epic, and will make for an important and entertaining motion picture. This is the sort of movie that Empire will be pursuing as we build the company into a leading independent studio.”
Alex says Frank Oz should be involved and we couldn’t agree more.