Empire Film Group Basing Movie on Muppet Mastermind

Statler, Waldorf said to be in discussions for cameo appearance.

by | February 5, 2008 | Comments

It’s time to play the music, and it’s time to light the lights — a Jim Henson biopic is on its way.

Empire Film Group has announced the acquisition of motion picture production and distribution rights to Robert D. Slane’s screenplay, appropriately titled Henson. The studio has earmarked a $30 million budget for the project, and plans to begin production this summer. Empire CEO Dean Hamilton Bornstein predicts great things:

“This is a major project about an entertainer of legendary stature and worldwide acclaim. 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.”

According to Empire’s press release, the film will cover Henson’s life “from his early fascination with television as a teenager, through his spectacular career and life achievements.” The studio says it “anticipates hiring a major director, such as Penny Marshall,” and would like it very much if a major star or two decided to sign on the dotted line.

Though Empire hasn’t made many waves in the marketplace yet (the first result Google gives you for the studio is a Marketwire article, curiously titled “Empire Film Group CEO Issues Update on Successful Colombian Trip”), and although it bears mentioning that the studio was responsible for the unfortunate Pam Anderson/Denise Richards movie Blonde and Blonder, everybody has to start somewhere, right? Anything paying tribute to Henson can’t be all bad…

Tag Cloud

travel PBS Schedule Best Actor suspense Film streaming movies YouTube Premium Epix Film Festival Country NBC directors Black History Month BBC One HBO Go Infographic See It Skip It ABC Family Best Director international football disaster Quiz Showtime MCU Cosplay HFPA halloween GoT Star Trek name the review thriller slashers dc DGA Broadway ID Lifetime Christmas movies discovery canceled Mudbound streamig CBS Lionsgate The Walt Disney Company Trophy Talk 2021 Reality Competition South by Southwest Film Festival Grammys feel good The CW young adult Thanksgiving comic book movies Hallmark Turner Comic-Con@Home 2021 live action Interview CW Seed trophy Best Actress Dark Horse Comics Emmys lord of the rings Britbox remakes theme song werewolf Logo dreamworks rom-coms scary movies spy thriller Endgame USA finale Apple TV Plus trailers Certified Fresh social media Captain marvel Disney streaming service TV One Apple Mindy Kaling video on demand Sundance Now Creative Arts Emmys obituary Podcast DirecTV 79th Golden Globes Awards ghosts based on movie quibi live event TCA Awards james bond IFC Films high school free movies Best Picture indiana jones The Purge 2016 Set visit San Diego Comic-Con Marvel Studios politics FX scary TCM interviews golden globes Native Cartoon Network adventure Avengers indie serial killer ratings independent Prime Video mob Black Mirror BAFTA dark Amazon Prime Amazon Studios batman Reality Star Wars Celebration Disney+ Disney Plus Pride Month TCA adenture Masterpiece BET game of thrones Tokyo Olympics doctor who Winter TV godzilla AMC 21st Century Fox psycho anime Year in Review parents true crime SXSW transformers reviews marvel cinematic universe kaiju 94th Oscars target zombies kong Trailer fresh dramedy LGBT screenings facebook breaking bad cancelled Hallmark Christmas movies worst universal monsters series TLC IMDb TV cancelled TV shows joker french unscripted asian-american biography CNN X-Men OWN Tarantino deadpool Disney Channel hidden camera spanish Sundance TV MSNBC political drama casting australia Stephen King Family leaderboard VICE Character Guide new zealand comics elevated horror romance olympics space royal family stoner 2019 Crackle new york Columbia Pictures Paramount Network Awards Tour franchise razzies richard e. Grant canceled TV shows A24 Sony Peacock Travel Channel Apple TV+ cops Holidays 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards justice league action-comedy ABC Signature Disney Red Carpet The Walking Dead japanese book LGBTQ Television Academy adaptation E3 Adult Swim cars President Starz spanish language Comedy sopranos 73rd Emmy Awards NYCC Women's History Month Premiere Dates children's TV comic book movie blockbuster broadcast dogs streaming 4/20 zombie animated Exclusive Video TruTV comiccon FX on Hulu Tubi Fall TV legend CMT monster movies RT History spinoff TIFF rt labs Vudu christmas movies docudrama FXX Music festivals boxing rotten movies we love genre Paramount Pictures robots fast and furious Drama sag awards Crunchyroll archives Ovation Discovery Channel rt archives debate diversity hispanic 2017 Extras marvel comics Academy Awards scene in color series spain kids MGM child's play Cannes Instagram Live Comedy Central king arthur GIFs Oscars Musicals blockbusters Election composers First Reviews TV Land TNT 1990s Focus Features dragons Horror OneApp Summer E! japan Musical Walt Disney Pictures scorecard hispanic heritage month Star Wars Mystery Funimation Oscar 90s Brie Larson sports The Arrangement Food Network dexter SXSW 2022 wonder woman cults cancelled TV series Anna Paquin Comics on TV Wes Anderson 93rd Oscars USA Network TV movies DC Comics Syfy spider-man ESPN 45 comedies halloween tv miniseries nfl Martial Arts sitcom Nat Geo toy story nature Image Comics Valentine's Day foreign art house YouTube black sequels Mary poppins Esquire DC Universe south america Rocketman technology 2015 vs. Nickelodeon hist Geeked Week best aapi docuseries Western Classic Film mcc rotten DC streaming service stand-up comedy book adaptation concert 24 frames Holiday war VH1 PlayStation BBC posters Song of Ice and Fire Television Critics Association MTV Arrowverse GLAAD Fargo telelvision Super Bowl summer TV Netflix Christmas movies cancelled television Superheroe cinemax saw scene in color New York Comic Con historical drama WarnerMedia Pirates HBO Max jamie lee curtis Tumblr Teen BBC America latino Awards news Elton John all-time Rom-Com Alien FOX period drama 20th Century Fox Indigenous Mary Tyler Moore Freeform Legendary Sci-Fi obi wan Winners women die hard YouTube Red ViacomCBS revenge a nightmare on elm street 007 know your critic Box Office toronto reboot Calendar Polls and Games biopic Universal Pictures TCA 2017 First Look Spike video medical drama Toys emmy awards Lifetime binge PaleyFest Hulu Fox Searchlight renewed TV shows A&E versus TV movies superhero strong female leads Sundance supernatural sequel Superheroes Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt criterion twilight Tags: Comedy witnail Hollywood Foreign Press Association award winner 71st Emmy Awards YA romantic comedy Turner Classic Movies science fiction The Witch Hear Us Out popular WGN crime scene in color film series Nominations mockumentary VOD BET Awards Writers Guild of America anthology Paramount Plus Neflix Paramount ITV Rock Heroines Ghostbusters basketball Spring TV IFC TCA Winter 2020 Mary Poppins Returns crime thriller Baby Yoda Comic Book Biopics ABC rt labs critics edition 2018 heist movie Ellie Kemper harry potter Binge Guide cooking SundanceTV Netflix Spectrum Originals satire psychological thriller gangster critics teaser police drama Sony Pictures talk show APB classics National Geographic movie tv talk Marathons green book Photos 2020 king kong dceu Watching Series Marvel chucky documentary zero dark thirty TBS Shudder Pet Sematary game show 99% new star wars movies cartoon worst movies El Rey Fantasy Acorn TV documentaries 72 Emmy Awards Chernobyl Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Pop films Universal boxoffice Best and Worst Lucasfilm Pop TV vampires mission: impossible laika critic resources Action Disney Plus American Society of Cinematographers television crime drama nbcuniversal aliens hollywood Sneak Peek summer TV preview Bravo crossover Tomatazos festival summer preview Warner Bros. what to watch Emmy Nominations pirates of the caribbean History spider-verse comic Animation italian golden globe awards HBO Opinion jurassic park Trivia venice RT21 stop motion CBS All Access Fox News NBA The Academy screen actors guild AMC Plus SDCC natural history Marvel Television mutant comic books Video Games TV renewals singing competition Christmas Pixar Amazon Prime Video slasher cats Amazon Rocky Shondaland Kids & Family Countdown black comedy Pacific Islander target scene in color superman blaxploitation prank