Jim Henson's visionary genius has been admired for decades. This fall, fans will have a chance to read one of Henson's lost screenplays.
Editor in Chief of Archaia Comics, Stephen Christy and The Jim Henson Company Director of Archives, Karen Falk joined fans at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) to discuss a new joint project.
A Tale of Sand is a play written by Jim Henson in the late 1960s, that was never produced. Archaia Comics is teaming up with the Henson company to bring this screenplay to life, in the form of a graphic novel, illustrated by artist Ramón Pérez.
"This is a huge honor. It's the biggest book that we've ever done here at Archaia, and I think people are really going to like it," said Stephen Christy. This project is going to be very different from the Jim Henson work fans may be familiar with.
"It's a fascinating peek into the mind space that Jim was in as a young man; before the Muppets took off in a really big way. This is before he did Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth and all the films we know him for," Christy explains.
At C2E2, fans got a chance to view some of Jim Henson's early film
projects and commercials that were produced during the time he wrote A
Tale of Sand. This gave fans a better perspective of the sort of
experimental film making Henson was starting to dabble in.
The story follows a man who wakes up in a dessert with no memory of where he is or how he got there. To make matters worse, the man is being chased by someone. This is a much darker, and more serious piece from the creature/puppet based works fans are accustom to seeing from Henson.
asked what fans can expect to see in this graphic novel, Stephen
Christy explains, "It's kind of like Alice in Wonderland meets 127
Hours, if it were directed by Jim Henson."
Fans should really
come to this graphic novel with an open mind. It will be available for
sale this September on what would have been Henson's 75th birthday.
For those interested in more familiar works of Jim Henson, Archaia and the Henson Company also have a Dark Crystal prequel graphic novel in the works.