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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

‘Wesley The Owl’ Book Getting Screen Adaptation By The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has acquired the rights to Stacey O’Brien’s bestselling memoir 'Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl', with 'Dolphin Tale' co-writer Karen Janszen attached to pen the adaptation.

Wesley recounts the true story of young Caltech biologist Stacey O’Brien. In 1985, Stacey is asked by her mentor to raise Wesley, a baby barn owl with a wing injury that will prevent it from surviving in the wild. What’s intended to be an objective study of owl behavior blossoms into a unique, hilarious and incredible story of discovery, persistence and love spanning 19 years.

Described as part 'Marley & Me', part 'Fly Away Home', Wesley dives inside the one-of-a-kind relationship between “an owl and his girl” and redefines expectations of what it means to love, to survive and, ultimately, to become whole. When O’Brien develops her own life-threatening illness, the biologist who saved the life of a helpless baby bird is herself rescued from death by the insistent love and courage of this wild animal.

Henson CEO & President Lisa Henson (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) is producing with Halle Stanford & Sarah Maizes for Henson Co. Andrew Trapani (Winchester) and Mark Hantoot will also produce. Larry Hummel and Tara Kurtz will co-produce the feature/TV project, which is out to filmmakers and cast.

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