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Jim Henson Biography Gets a Release Date

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by MrBloogarFoobly, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    From Brian Jay Jones' blog:

    It’s a been a lonely year for this blog, I know. Looking back, I see I’ve written exactly five entries since January 2012–an anemic pace, to be sure. I wish I was one of those prolific blogging machines, but the truth is I’m not the multi-tasker I once was — and every time I’ve put butt in chair over the past year, it’s usually been to spend the next twelve hours or so writing about Jim Henson, rather than writing about writing about Jim Henson first and then going on to actually write about Jim Henson. You get the idea.
    When I last left you, the first full draft was sitting on my desk in hard copy while an electronic copy had been whisked away over the emailz to my editor. Since that time, it’s been read and re-read and edited and redrafted two more times. As of November 30, it now looks like this (I knew you were coming, so I posed it among a photo montage just for fun):

    The first draft came in at about 730 pages; this draft is a bit shorter — around 680 pages — but one of the really great things about working with a really great editor is that things not only get shorter, but they get tighter and better. (Editors are the great unsung heroes of most of the books you’ve read — and if you wanna know what else mine is up to, you can follow him over on Twitter at @RyanDoh). While it needs just a bit of fine tuning, it’s very nearly complete, and should be done before Christmas.
    There. That catches you up on that part.
    Next up, we’ll start deciding on the photos that’ll be used inside. I’ve already spent days poring over countless images from the Jim Henson Company and Sesame Workshop, trying to decide which ones might make the cut — a tough call, given that nearly every image is a keeper, and I haven’t even started going through the collection of images now owned by Disney. That should happen sometime in January — and we’re still right on track to have Jim’s story in your hands on his 77th birthday: September 24, 2013.
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  2. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Awesome! I can't wait for this, and having it potentially out in less than a year sounds good to me. I especially like that rather than just throwing it out on a random date, they're aiming to choose one with some significance. :jim:
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  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Between this, and the recent Guide to M*A*S*H book at 800+ pages, I seriously doubt I'll ever be able to finish books that I actually want to read in my lifetime.
  4. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    I'm with you there, Snowth, I still haven't even finished Street Gang yet, let alone a 680 page Jim Henson biography. :p

    This book should be really interesting though...I love to really be able to learn about Jim and his life and career, yet it seems like there's not always a lot of resources available on that. Hopefully this will fill that void up a bit.

    EDIT: Mitchell apparently ziffeled me, but no, this is a book.
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  5. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    How silly of me, I was not paying attention. Becuase it was announced a long time ago that there would be another Jim Henson biography movie..wan't there? Maybe I'm just imagining that. I thought this was it. :o

    But regardless, this is awesome. I can't wait for this to come out. This sounds like it'll be good. :)
  6. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Yeah, there was a Jim Henson biography movie that had been announced a while back (I wonder if that's still in development or extinct?), so I do understand your confusion there.
  7. Muppet fan 123

    Muppet fan 123 Well-Known Member

    Great...so that means I'm not crazy.

    Looking at that draft at the top of the thread...that's a whole lotta paper.
  8. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Sorry! I was worried the thread title wasn't clear enough, and I was right!

    The Henson biopic was postponed indefinitely, for two reasons:
    1) Too many inaccuracies with the script in question.
    2) Too many conflicts with copyright between Henson Co, Disney, and Sesame Workshop.

    Anyway, YAY book!
  9. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Ah, thanks for the info on the biopic. I had been wondering about that.
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I had trouble reading that book, it was really dry reading, I couldn't really continue it myself; then a buddy of mine sent me a copy of the audio version read by Caroll Spinney when the library he works out was getting rid of some of their inventory: that helped.
  11. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    It will be interesting to read how this biography shapes Jim Henson's life. They don't need to include every gritty detail. They really shouldn't gloss-over everything either. It's a tightrope act. I'm excited to see what happens here.

    "The Muppet Man" biopic script was purchased by Disney a few years back. Pages of it were posted online through different sources and I've got to tell you it was pretty awful. It treated the Muppets as aging characters that Jim would talk to. People who have worked with Jim have remarked that he wasn't precious about the puppets when the cameras stopped rolling. His passion was in the craftsmanship of each production. Disney may one day want to incorporate those types of reformatted elements into a future project of Jim's life, but I doubt they'll use Christopher Weekes's telling. He was pretty loose on the facts and admittedly had no more information than could be found online. It is my belief that they only purchased the screenplay in order to shelve it. A true Henson biopic will require the involvement of Henson, Disney and Sesame. While I don't think that's out of the question, it's not likely to happen any time soon.
  12. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the script was bad. It was sappy and dark in all the wrong places, formulated to make audiences cry and to win oscars and emmys. Lots of Jim/Jane fight scenes, and maudlin moments like Kermit walking through the ER as Henson dies, singing "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday." Really cheesy, and not at all a proper biopic for someone as upbeat as Henson.

    The author admitted he just took facts off of wikipedia. Not really a good job all around.
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  13. jvcarroll

    jvcarroll Well-Known Member

    Exactly. It wasn't very Muppety and it wasn't very Jim either. It contained less information than an average elementary school student's book report. I didn't understand the buzz around it. I kind of felt it was self-created. The script was supposedly "black listed" but the real story is that it probably wasn't very good. It did appear that Disney bought it for the sake of damage control and so people would stop talking about it and focus on their Muppets movie instead. Smart move!
  14. muppetlover123

    muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    i cant wait :p

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