Neil Gaiman is bringing back Jim Henson's The Storyteller. The world is currently without a version of The Muppets, be it on the big or small screen (though that could be changing soon), but there is always room somewhere for Henson's creations. In this case, Gaiman and The Jim Henson Company are looking to bring back one of the most unique shows the icon ever produced.
According to a new report, Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Good Omens) has partnered with The Jim Henson Company and Freemantle for a reimagining of The Storyteller. The original series retold European folklore tales using Henson creations. The episodes were hosted by a storyteller, as the name implies, who was played by the late John Hurt. Lisa Henson, Jim Henson's daughter and CEO of The Jim Henson Company, had this to say in a statement.
"The Storyteller has always been a special project for me, having worked so closely with my dad on the original concept. Neil Gaiman is an expert in traditional folklore and mythology, in addition to himself being the modern 'storyteller' for our times. I feel like if Neil were an actor, he'd have to play (the Storyteller) because he embodies what the storyteller is, a skillful wordsmith who can entertain people with the power of the story itself, and not to mention he also memorizes it all in his head."
Lisa Henson graduated from Harvard with a degree in ancient Greek and folklore mythology and it was while she was in school that her father got the idea for The Storyteller. Sadly, John Hurt is no longer with us and can't come back to play the part, but the Neil Gaiman and Lisa Henson are interested in having some of the original actors and creatives come back. Gaiman will serve as writer and executive producer. The author revealed that he actually wants to explore more about the titular character in his take, having that story unfold around these other various tales.
"Part of what fascinates me about The Storyteller is the stuff that we don't know. Who was the Storyteller, why was he telling these stories, was he a goblin, what kind of creature? What I'd love to do is an inside story that's as long as the outside story. We're going to find out a lot about who the storyteller is, we're going to find out things we don't even know that we don't know. We're going to begin in a Northern kingdom where stories are forbidden and where the act of telling a story is liable and can get you imprisoned or executed. If you put a storyteller into that situation, things would need to start getting interactive."
No network is attached to the series yet, nor has it been announced what folk tales will be tackled. However, the companies have expressed that they want to reach the "broadest possible audience." It seems that would be on a streaming service somewhere. It's worth noting that The Henson Company is already working with Netflix on Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, so that could end up being logical home. This news was first reported by Deadline.