Jim Henson’s 1980s anthology series “The Storyteller” looks set to be reimagined for the modern age.
Fremantle, The Jim Henson Company and author Neil Gaiman are all teaming up to develop the new version of the Emmy and BAFTA-winning live-action series which was inspired by Henson’s daughter Lisa and her university studies in folklore and mythology.
Henson directed multiple episodes of the original which were all penned by Oscar-winning filmmaker Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”). John Hurt voiced the narrator, a mysterious elfin storyteller, who told various European folk tales which were adapted with mystical characters created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
Gaiman will pen and both he and Lisa Henson will executive produce the new take which will create a mystical world combining various fairy tales and folklore, and will be updated to better suit binge viewing patterns which are much more prevalent today.
It will also go into the backstory of The Storyteller himself, beginning in a Northern kingdom where stories are forbidden and the act of telling one is liable and can get you imprisoned or executed. Fremantle is reportedly aiming to reach as broad an audience as possible so expect a potential major streaming service deal.