Jim Henson co. to tackle Edward Gorey’s Doubtful Guest.

This is not really crime related, but it does feature two things I love: Jim Henson (or rather Jim Henson’s company) and Edward Gorey.

Jim Henson co., Walden Media and Fox 2000 are joining forces to bring Edward Gorey’s The Doubtful Guest to the big screen as a live-action film.

The Doubtful Guest tells the story of a quirky family whose life is turned upside down when a mysterious, mischievous creature arrives unannounced and unwelcome, bringing trouble with him and wreaking havoc.

Jim Henson Co. will create the creature with the intent to stay faithful to Gorey’s look, while also focusing on “giving him expression and the ability to be articulated as a character.”

“It’s hard to come up with a creature that you’ve never seen before in any medium, and he’s a unique little creation who is very appealing without being cute or cloying. He’s sophisticated yet simple at the same time, but it’s not overly juvenile. Adults can find him cute, too.” Lisa Henson, Jim Henson co. Co-CEO told The Hollywood Reporter.
The Henson co’s creation will be augmented with the use of CGI.
Matthew Huffman will be handling the screenplay. Huffman recently adapted the novels When the Wind Blows (James Patterson) and Eddie Dickens and the Awful End (Philip Ardagh) for the big screen. Both of those films are still in production.

Brad Peyton will direct. Peyton has previously directed shorts including Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl and A Tale of Bad Luck.