Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Jim Henson - New graphic novel to be released

A new graphic novel to be released developed by Jim Henson. The production of the book will be overseen by Henson’s daughter, Lisa Henson, CEO of the Henson Company In 2009 a deal was made with Archaia an independent L.A. graphic novel publisher to produce graphic novels and periodical comics based on Henson material. Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy, who will also oversee the book’s production,.

The book was originally developed in the 1960s and Christy says it went through numerous drafts but was “too expansive to be produced as a film at that time. Christy said the Tale of Sand was “an idea that was in Henson’s head since the 1950s. We have 3 or 4 versions and we’re going to base the book on a 1974 draft.”

"A Tale of Sand" is a feature length screenplay, Christy said, that tells the story of a young boy kicked out of a dusty town in the middle of the desert. “There’s nothing but sand in every direction,” Christy said, “and he embarks on an oddball journey.” Christy said the screenplay is “dark and very weird” and was done before Henson made films like Labyrinth and Dark Crystal.

From: blogs.publishersweekly.com

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