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Empire acquires rights to Jim Henson screenplay

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by GelflingWaldo, Feb 4, 2008.


What do you think of Empire acquiring the rights to the Henson screenplay?

  1. The movie is a great idea. I hope that it gets produced.

    44 vote(s)
  2. I'm concerned that it can be done well and will honor Jim.

    26 vote(s)
  3. It's not worth doing if either Disney or Sesame don't support the movie.

    15 vote(s)
  4. I don't want to see it. Hollywood will likely misrepresent Jim’s life.

    9 vote(s)
  1. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    I think it would be cool if they did it like "Finding Neverland", where there's no clear line between fantasy and reality and the audience is shown things creatively through Jim's eyes.
  2. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    What a great idea vic, where jim and kermit are one in the same
  3. muppet baby

    muppet baby Well-Known Member

    i think this film will be great but , at the same time i hope that his son and frank Oz , have a lot of input because i would like to see what he was like as a father and a friend , and this movie will be a dream for me , because of what the muppets and Jim henson mean to me .

    They got me though a lot of tough times as a child.

    I know how chezzy that might sound but it is the truth .:):super:.

    I really can not wait to see it .
  4. Vic Romano

    Vic Romano Well-Known Member

    Any new news on this at all?

    Having read Street Gang, I learned a lot about Jim that's typically not discussed and wondered if the film would delve into such matters. Out of all the big Muppet news that's come out in the last several months, this is still what I'm most excited and hopeful for.

    EDIT: Just realized it's been over a year since this was announced and production was supposed to start last summer.
  5. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    My feeling is that this idea will float around in development for several years and one distant day it will get made. The quality of it will depend on how many fingerprints touch the final draft.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    As I said a long time ago about the movie Milk (among others) I am very very wary of these biopics. Remember, a lot of them have to shove in entertainment at moments that don't need them. There are some that are well done, but others that just... well, I want to see a Tina Turner biopic called "What's the Truth Gotta Do with it?" Not to mention that some of these biopics twist things to give some odd agenda...

    I'm sure we won't see a damaging Jim Henson bio pic... but one that cartoonishly glazes over darker moments takes away drama. Thetre's no triumph without drama.
  7. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    Is this actually going to happen? I heard somewhere that Penny Marshall was going to direct.
  8. uppitymuppity

    uppitymuppity Well-Known Member

  9. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    It would be a great thing for the Hensons to do rather than anyone else, but without being able to use the Mups it aint ever gonna happen.
  10. Kimp the Shrimp

    Kimp the Shrimp Well-Known Member

    1. The Muppet Man
    By Christopher Weekes
    What it’s about: The life and times of the late Jim Henson (pictured), the man behind Sesame Street and The Muppets.
    What it’s like: The Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon, but with puppets. This moving story depicts the life of a creative genius, with occasional surreal appearances by the likes of Kermit and Miss Piggy.
    Status: Set up at The Jim Henson Co.
  11. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Hmm...I never liked that screenplay. It depressed me for weeks after reading it...Didn't seem to have any heart. Still, it would be nice for them to make a bio movie...maybe not that one though.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I said it before and I 'll say it again... I HATE biopics. Though I still want to see Man on the Moon... but they're always so... icky. they exaggerate stuff to push one agenda or another (making them look extremely good or extremely bad)... plus, when it comes down to it, I'd rather see a documentary of anything either way. At least with a documentary, it's all real. You interview people who really knew them, people who were there.... It's the same reason I don't watch too many historical movies.

    Honestly, I just really don't think I wanna see this movie ever, even if it got made. Among other things, who the heck can play Jim and puppeteer and do an approximate enough voice for him?
  13. zns

    zns Well-Known Member

    I think it is best to say that the only way that this movie can succeed in theaters is as long as Jim's family is directly involved 100%. Because they knew him better than anyone else, they can give the most for this picture if it ever happens.
  14. Davina

    Davina Well-Known Member

    my biggest problem when reading about this was the fact the the guy who wrote it apparently didn't ever even talk to anyone directly related to Jim and his work and basically just made the whole thing up.. and wasn't too pleased with some of the stuff he wanted the muppets to be doing for that matter... if i'm gonna watch a movie about jim's life, i would like to see actual family members and friends involved in the research and making of...
  15. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Dude...have you seen Frida, Ray, Capote or Chaplin? Heck I think think of at least a dozen or so biopics that were nothing less than amazing.
  16. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but have you read the screenplay for this one?
  17. dabauckham

    dabauckham Well-Known Member

    Sorry if this was already mentioned, but how can one view a copy of the screenplay? I agree, I'm a bit on the fence about a Jim Henson biopic. It doesn't mean that it couldn't be done, but the numbe of amazingly BAD biopics greatly outnumber the outstanding ones. (I LOVED Frida, but not everyone is Julie Taymor - if the project were in her hands, for example, I'd feel a lot more confident, though even she isn't without some flaws in some of her works)

    But in the end, a well-written script is absolutely essential. Which is why I am curious to view a draft, if that's even possible.
  18. unclematt

    unclematt Well-Known Member

    From what I have read the beginning of the script needs some work but the ending is spectacular. I also heard that unless Disney opts to make the film they probably won't be able to use any of the Muppets.
  19. dabauckham

    dabauckham Well-Known Member

    Here's an Interesting article (and subsequent comments) about the Muppet Man script. Word to the wise - there is some cursing in the comments (not the main article), in case anyone is sensitive. Unfortunately, the link to the script appears to have been removed... :(

    Link to article:
  20. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    I was going to post a friendly reminder that there are TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT Henson biopic scripts (by two different people) that have been in the news the last couple of years: the first was named "Henson" by Robert D. Slane which was acquired by Empire in 2008 and was seeming to go into preproduction (though many questioned if it would end up getting made due to the unlikelihood of both Henson Co and Muppets giving approval) and which this here thread is about.

    Then there's a whole DIFFERENT script that gained buzz this year - The Muppet Man by Christopher Weekes - that got a lot of attention (so much so that it just made news again for its placement of #1 on a list of unproduced screenplays) by industry people...but does not look like its been picked up or actually being realistically considered by anyone (this is the one that is kind of a "Dreamchild"-ization of Jim Henson with aged Muppets talking to him throughout)

    I was going to point out and link to a seperate thread that's about Muppet Man to avoid confusion with Henson which this thread is about but it appears someone made a foolish decision to merge that thread with this one proving once again how we apparently have a moderator who has a dangerous addiction to merging/deleting threads. I urge everyone to stage an intervention and get this poor soul the help he needs to kick this habit once and for all before he endangers the entire forum to become some sick variation of Newspeak from George Orwell's "1984". SLOOOOOWLY back away from the keyboard....call Merger's Anonymous....say aloud "My name is () and I am a Senseless Merger..."

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