A pair of holiday season favorites from Jim Henson are coming to the big screen.
Fathom Events is bringing Jim Henson’s Holiday Special to theaters next month. The event includes the double feature of remastered holiday favorites, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas and The Bells of Fraggle Rock, as well as a bonus featurette.
You can find more info on the special event below, along with promo videos for both Emmet Otter and Fraggle Rock.
The long gestating Fraggle Rock movie has added the kind of star power it needs to finally get into production. Joseph Gordon-Levitt joins the film, based on the The Jim Henson Company’s franchise of the same name, as producer as star, this according to a new report from Variety.
Debuting in 1983, Henson described Fraggle Rock as “a high-energy, raucous musical romp” that is “silly” and “wonderful.” The series centered on “cave-dwelling creatures called Fraggles who have to deal with the industrious Doozers and furry giants called Gorgs,” all of whom lived in the underground world known as Fraggle Rock.
More on this, as well as a quote from Gordon-Levitt after the jump.
Variety is reporting that The Jim Henson Company has brought in the great Billy Crystal to write, produce, and star in an upcoming animated feature of theirs titled Which Witch. But it’s another teeny tiny bit of information that really stands out.
At the very bottom of the report, mentioned as a side note, is a list of projects currently being developed related to existing Henson properties. They include the Fraggle Rock movie we’ve heard about in the past, a sequel to The Dark Crystal that pops up in the news every now and again, a new movie based on the Emmet Otter character, and a sequel to the 1986 fantasy tale Labyrinth. Wait, what? A Labyrinth sequel?!
Note, this deal is for today only until midnight PST while supplies last.
This 20-disc DVD box set collection contains all 96 episodes and 100 original songs from the 4-season run of the Jim Henson television series Fraggle Rock, which aired on HBO from 1983 to 1987, and includes over 8 hours of bonus content.
This version of the box set looks to be the 2008 Lionsgate repackaging edition, where each box is assembled all by hand (it takes two hours per box!) and special printing and techniques were used so that the colors match those of the Fraggle Rock world.
Back in August of last year, Jim Henson‘s son, Brian, revealed that Fraggle Rock and a sequel to The Dark Crystal were very much alive and in developmental stages.
A sequel to 1982’s Dark Crystal had been talked about for as long as can be remembered, but with little successful movement to show for it. When we last heard about it in the link above, all that was shared was that the sequel would be called The Power of the Dark Crystal, and it would take place centuries after the first film. Story-wise, it would be about a girl named Thurma — who is made of fire and lives at the center of the planet — who is on a mission to obtain a shard of the crystal in hopes of re-igniting the dying sun.
Now comes word via a press release sent out today that not only is the movie still alive, but it has a new director(s) and a new writer on board to make it happen. Brothers Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig have been signed to direct the movie, and Craig Pearce has been tapped to rework the script based on an earlier draft.