Jim Henson's never-released screenplay is turned into a graphic novel(Read article summary)
Henson's first screenplay, titled 'Tale of Sand,' has been converted into a graphic novel released today by Archaia Entertainment
Left photo by Alan Light/Right photo by Fred Prouser/Reuters
Muppet creator Jim Hensonâ€™s first screenplay â€“ reconfigured as a graphic novel â€“ is being released today for the first time.
Titled â€śTale of Sand,â€ť the story of a man being pursued through the desert with a backpack full of mysterious objects was written by Henson and writer Jerry Juhl, with whom Henson often worked, during the 1950s.
â€śI want people to learn about [Jim] as an artist,â€ť Lisa Henson, the chief executive of The Jim Henson Company and Hensonâ€™s oldest child, told The Wall Street Journal. â€śReleasing a book [as a graphic novel] is a new way of getting to know him.â€ťÂ
Lisa Henson told The Wall Street Journal that her fatherâ€™s 75th birthday this past September and the financial and critical success of the new film â€śThe Muppetsâ€ť have prompted even more curiosity about unreleased work by Henson, who died in 1990.Â
The â€śTale of Sandâ€ť story is the only screenplay written by Henson that has not been produced. In addition to taking on the writing duties with several others for â€śThe Muppet Show,â€ť Henson wrote for the childrenâ€™s television show â€śSesame Streetâ€ť for 21 years. He is credited with working on the story for other films featuring his puppets, including the 1986 David Bowie film â€śLabyrinthâ€ť and the 1982 fantasy film â€śThe Dark Crystal.â€ť
The graphic novel transformation of â€śTale of Sandâ€ť was completed by Archaia Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company. The first printing of the graphic novel will release 15,000 copies.
Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.