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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. muppetsforever

    muppetsforever Well-Known Member

    I think either one could do it. ( I miss watching RedGreen :cry: )
  2. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

    Jim Henson died in 1990 at the age of 53. Both Smith and Daniles would be older than Jim was. And the film is covering his whole life, not just the last few years. You need someone in their 20s or 30s, as a lot of the film will likely cover the events of the 1950s, '60s, '70s, and early '80s. It is easier for them to have the actor "age up" for the last act of the film rather than try to have someone convincinly "age down" for the bulk of the film.

    Somewhat unfortantly, the iconic vision of Jim that most of us know is from when he was in his late 40s and early 50s (the mid-1980s to 1990). It wasn't until the later years, towards the end of "Fraggle Rock", that Jim really started to be seen by the public (with appearances on award shows, talk shows, in magazines, and whatnot; plus a lot of the documentaries, interviews and productions such as "The Jim Henson Hour"). Before that (1955-1980) the number of images of Jim is lower - most images and footage of Jim are from the later years, once he really was a big celebrity and house hold name.
  3. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    It depends what aspect they go for in the film i think (not that there will likely be a film, or at least the one the fans are visualizing). If its truly a story of his life then sure, but if it did happen to get made and ended up as some TV movie, then the company doesn't have the best reputation - they might well get as fast as they can to the 80's era when whatever minor amount of "juicy stuff" did happen in his private life. Perhaps it might have been wise to have pointed out originally that this is all unconnected to Disney and Henson, as some people seem to be seeing this as some big official theatrical blockbuster and getting the wrong idea.
  4. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Well-Known Member

    Okay, so we have Jim and Richard, and probably Frank Oz, but what about Karen Prell, Kathryn Mullen, Jane Henson, and the Henson kids? I have a good one for Jane Henson: Lena Headey from 300 and The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

  5. crazed gonzo fa

    crazed gonzo fa Well-Known Member

    Just found out about this. AWESOME!
  6. Elchippo

    Elchippo Well-Known Member

    With as surly as Frank tends to be about the Muppets, I can't see him going anywhere near this, let alone even endorsing it. I, on the other hand, think is the most exciting news I've heard in a long time. I'd like to maybe see Jon Landau do it

    But the truth is, although 30 million is a fairly healthy budget for a non-summer blockbuster, I wouldn't expect to see A-listers playing the parts.....we'll get a sort of big name for Henson and maybe even Frank Oz and Jane, but the rest will be actors for hire.....good, solid actors that we've probably seen before, but essentially "no-names" that don't make it on the marquee.

    But I reiterate again: If this is what it sounds like, I'm incredibly excited!
  7. ChickyBoy37

    ChickyBoy37 Well-Known Member

    At least I know if Frank Oz directed the movie he could get all the facts about the Muppets straight.
  8. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Frank wouldn't even touch this if his career was on the skids and he was reduced to doing Yoda ad's for Happy Meals.
  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Unless he remembers certain things differently (like how many official Henson sources have incorrectly stated that Kermit first became a frog in The Frog Prince).
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I still say I'm warey of this. Especially since it seems to be a TV film. Either we'll get an unrealistic sunny happy performance, or we'll get one where every tiny ounce of darkness is over exaggerated to make it a shock film. I did like a lot of what went down in the Mork and Mindy telefilm and I felt the Three Stooges telefilm was excellent, but other than that, they seem to be tear jerker scandal heavy half truths.

    Now, I don;t have too much doubt that this will be a good film. But I want to see what focus will be taken from Henson's life. And personally, I'd rather see a documentary, much like the Charles Shulz PBS American Masters one. That was breathtakingly well done, IMO. Much higher quality than a run of the mill documentary.
  11. wes

    wes Well-Known Member

    Off the top of my head

    Tom Hanks to play Jim, and i liked Andrews pick of David Cross to play Oz.

    Cant wait this will be great to see what angle they'll play this movie.

    Movie Annoucer Voice:

    In a World where Frogs eye's are ping pong ball, and Coats are sink there was a man who thought this was normal, "Henson"
  12. uppitymuppity

    uppitymuppity Well-Known Member

    Tom Hanks...

    is one of the most overrated actors that has ever lived... He's also a dinosaur!

    I'll say it again CHRISTIAN BALE... along with being one of the best actors going he would go from young Jim to older Jim perfectly. Also, since he is so huge in big budget his team is itching to get him in smaller budget, meatier roles.

    Look at this pic:

  13. kermiegirl

    kermiegirl Well-Known Member

    You Read My Mind!

    Hey! That's actually not a bad idea! I loved that movie since I was a kid! And you know what? I had just rediscovered this movie and while I was watching it, I thought that instead of Dr. Seuss - who, by the way, had a life as interesting and a little bit similar as Jim's - they would talk about Jim Henson. You actually read my mind!:) Why don't we get together sometime and talk about this subject?
  14. peyjenk

    peyjenk Well-Known Member

  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I just started a thread on this type of subject. We can talk about it there.
  16. travellingpat

    travellingpat Well-Known Member

    Wow you guys, i was just watching Arrested Development on DVD and i saw David Cross as Tobias and i thought wow...i have to go post on here that i think he should play Frank Ozzzz and i just logged on and saw that you guys were already talking about him....i definately would put him number one on my list for someone to play Frank
  17. peyjenk

    peyjenk Well-Known Member

    David Cross looks the part, but does he have the acting chops?

    I really don't know... the only things I have to go on are the Chipmunks movie and an episode of Just Shoot Me.
  18. travellingpat

    travellingpat Well-Known Member

    He was on Arrested Development for three years and it seems as though he has a voice much like frank...i definately think he could work
  19. wes

    wes Well-Known Member

    I say don't jink it, if they get a good director like Penny Marshell who directed a "league of their own" then it has the potential to be great.

    But i wouldn't hold my breath, or get all excited, you see what happen to the Fraggle Rock and Dark Crystal Sequels.
  20. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    There is just no way it could possibly happen in the way fans want without both Henson and Disney involved. Also they just said LIKE Penny Marshall - not sure how they'd afford someone on her level, top lead actor, theater distribution and licenses from both Henson and Disney, and then Disney would NEVER let the Muppets appear on the big screen without their real performers so they'd have to sort that. Not jinxing it, just stating facts, it will never happen the way they are saying, its just PR talk.

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