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Jim Henson Movie Coming

— Posted by John Campea

Henson Building.jpgWhen you really think about it… probably one of the most influential figures on most of our childhoods (excluding family) is probably Jim Henson (creator of the muppets). The man had a creative imagination and the ability to connect with children and adults alike like few in the history of entertainment ever have. He was a genius, plain and simple. It actually makes me giddy that I walk in front of the Henson Company offices (the picture) everyday now since it’s right around the corner from where I’m staying).

Now it appears that a full Jim Henson Biopic is in the works, and I for one couldn’t be more thrilled. The folks over at ComingSoon give us the following:

Empire Film Group, Inc. has acquired the motion picture production and distribution rights to Henson, an original screenplay by Robert D. Slane that chronicles the life and achievements of Muppets creator, Jim Henson. Empire has pegged the film for production in late summer with a $30 million budget to be funded through a consortium of international presales and co-production partners.

“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.”

I don’t usually get very excited about biopic movies in general (there are a few big exceptions), but this is one film that I’ll stand in line to see. This man had an amazing life, influenced BILLIONS of children all over the world and continues to do so even long after his passing, and did things that will never be repeated.

Now hopefully this momentum can re-energize The Dark Crystal 2

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  • Safina

    When is it coming out??? I haven’t heard or read anything since 2008… Jim Henson deserves to have a movie made about him.

  • DORODIGIATAL

    OMG plz tell me this is not a hoax…..dont play me like that…I will watch anything carrying the name Jim Henson. A movie on his life is a must see and I pray they dont mess it up.The man was literally not from this world.A legend a giant amongst men.

    JIM HENSON THE MOVIE

    “HELL…..IT’S ABOUT TIME”

  • bjon86

    yea bring on The Dark Crystal 2. I LOVED The Dark Crystal as a kid. I OWN that shit. I didn’t even realize as a kid that they had men in suits and puppets and fake backgrounds and real backgrounds. This shit fuckin ROCKED.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=902945692 Terry Letourneau

    Are they using a muppet to portray Henson?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505200126 frankwolftown

    Speaking of bio pics what happened to that Rippley Movie with Jim Carrey.

  • Samantha H

    Who doesn’t love Jim Henson? This should be very interesting , with the right script. I think it would be great to share his story with all the kids who grew up on his shows after his passing.

  • Rmags

    Okay, my question is, besides being a muppet genious, what is there to make a movie about? I haven’t researched his life so maybe there’s something I’m missing buuuuut is this going to be just a “Behind the Scenes of the Muppets”?

    I guess if there’s a movie about him then there is probably something worth it, but then again there was a movie about (insert movie about a guy who did nothing here, because i can’t think of one)

  • Erika

    I am soooooooooooo happy about this. The Dark Crystal was one of my favorite movies when I was a little girl. I still smile everytime I see it. I will definitly see this bio movie about Jim Henson. I also can’t wait for TDC2.

  • http://www.nowlive.com/memberasp/member.asp?id=100251498 Phil Gee

    Amen; can’t decide who i’d like to play him but i’ll be watching this one.

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