New “Muppet Man” Jim Henson Biopic In The Works from Disney

A new film detailing the life and achievements of Jim Henson is in the works.


Deadline is reporting that the film is being written by Michael Mitnick. There aren’t many details available yet, but the plot is expected to revolve around Henson and his effort to get his Muppets on television.

Henson’s daughter Lisa Henson is the current CEO of The Jim Henson Company and will be producing the film. She is currently in production on Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pinocchio for Netflix.

This biopic is being produced for both Disney and The Jim Henson Company. Disney has owned the rights to the Muppets characters since 2004. Reportedly discussions with The Henson Company about a biopic began in 2010, but there’s been no update since then. The new Disney+ series Muppets Now  was released last year, but a Muppets film hasn’t been released since Muppets Most Wanted in 2014.

MuppetVision 3D has been a staple of Disney’s Hollywood Studios since debuting in 1991. From 2016 to 2019, the Muppets were a staple in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom® Theme Park as part of the show “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History”. Jim Henson’s Dinosaurs TV series was recently released on Disney+.

DINOSAURS – “Baby Talk” – Airdate: October 10, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

Jim Henson is responsible for some of the greatest puppet work in history. He passed away in 1990 at the age of 53.

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