OMG: "Henson” the movie?!

Empire Film Group Acquires Rights to Jim Henson Screenplay

$30 Million Budget Anticipated for Summer Production

BEVERLY HILLS, CA–(Marketwire – February 4, 2008) – Empire Film Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: EFGU) (“Empire Film”) (http://www.empirefilmgroup.com) has acquired the motion picture production and distribution rights to “Henson,” an original screenplay by Robert D. Slane that chronicles the life and achievements of Muppets creator, Jim Henson. Empire has pegged the film for production in late summer with a $30 million budget to be funded through a consortium of international presales and co-production partners.

“This is a major project about an entertainer of legendary stature and worldwide acclaim,” said Dean Hamilton-Bornstein, CEO of Empire Film Group. “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.”

“Henson” covers the life of puppeteer, filmmaker and entertainment mogul Jim Henson, from his early fascination with television as a teenager, through his spectacular career and life achievements. Empire anticipates hiring a major director, such as Penny Marshall, and hopes to attract notable star cast in key roles. Bornstein will act as Executive Producer, with Empire Home Entertainment President Eric Parkinson producing the film along with Xavier Mitchell.

“Jim Henson is one of the best known and most beloved entertainers of all time,” said Parkinson. “His story is inspiring, tragic, heartwarming and epic, and will make for an important and entertaining motion picture. This is the sort of movie that Empire will be pursuing as we build the company into a leading independent studio.”

Learn more about Empire Film Group by visiting www.empirefilmgroup.com.

Empire Film Group Acquires Rights to Jim Henson Screenplay

MANY MANY THANKS to TY’S TOY BOX for finding that gynormous gem!!!

If it’s as beautiful, poignant, and insipiring as say…. Finding Neverland (of course, in it’s own Henson-esque oddball way), I’ll expire from glee.

The man is a genius. I watched the Labyrinth this weekend (for maybe the umpteen hundredth time and 2 VHS, 2 DVDs worth later), and still marvel at the amazing creativity and FREEDOM the man had. There isn’t anything out there to compare to his unique vision– and the subtle effects/changes he’s given pop culture and multiculturalism and creativity.

I gush for him, his legacy, his stories, his muppets, and the people around him who participated, inspired, and encouraged him.

I’m doing the antsy-pants chair jig due to overwhelming excitement of having a glimpse into this hero’s life. And yes, my co-workers are looking at me. Ain’t nothin’ new, lol.

(Older Henson-esque posts here: Rant: No New Muppets, I’m always gonna…, Sign of the times)

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