Walden Media, Fox 2000 and the Jim Henson Co. are all joining forces to adapt illustrator-writer Edward Gorey’s classic 1957 tale “The Doubtful Guest” into a live-action feature says The Hollywood Reporter.
Gorey’s work, famous for a dark and Victorian macabre tone, has influenced generations of artists including most notably Tim Burton even though this will be the first direct film adaptation of any of his works.
‘Guest’ revolves around 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’s Creature Shop is working on the creature creation, aiming to stay faithful to Gorey’s look but giving him expression and the ability to be articulated as a character. The producers intend to augment the animatronics with plenty of CGI.
Brad Peyton (“Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl,” “The Spider and the Fly”) will direct from a script written by Matthew Huffman (“Awful End,” “When the Wind Blows”).