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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Roger Langridge Adapting Unproduced Jim Henson Screenplay as Graphic Novel and TV Special

by Brian Truitt

Roger Langridge is adapting the unproduced 1960's screenplay for a Thanksgiving TV special.

It's not even Thanksgiving yet and Roger Langridge has already had his fill of turkeys.

The British cartoonist quips that he's suffering from "turkey fatigue" but really he's gobbling up everything about his new graphic novel Jim Henson's The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow, out from Archaia in October.

An award-winning writer and artist of Snarked and many Muppets comics, Langridge is adapting the unproduced 1960s-era screenplay by Henson and Jerry Juhl that was penned to be a puppet-filled holiday TV special but has instead been sitting in the Henson archives for decades. (It's the same archives where they found Tale of Sand, a 1967 script that was turned into an acclaimed original graphic novel in 2011.)

Both the graphic novel and a new small-screen version the Jim Henson Co. is currently working on "are incredibly close to the original treatment," says CEO Lisa Henson, the eldest daughter of the late creator of The Muppets and Sesame Street. "It was a delightful, classic, Henson-y property."

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