Well, Jim Henson s one of my favorite directors of all time. His visuals are outstanding! Though, maybe Brian's a bit better with performers (something I think Jim admitted wasn't his strong point). Jim Henson's visuals with Frank Oz's abilities directing performers were a perfect combination for The Dark Crystal. My top three picks would be Brian Henson, Frank Oz and Kirk Thatcher. Though I would also love to see what Bill Barretta would do with the film! Frank Oz did say a few years ago (well, maybe more than a few, but since Muppets From Space) that he would like to direct the next Muppet movie. Maybe?