Jim Henson Company Adapting Stacey O’Brien Memoir “Wesley the Owl”


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The continues to establish itself as a film production company eighteen years after the death of its founder, picking up the rights to Stacey O’Brien’s memoir and hiring Dolphin Tale co-writer  to adapt the novel.

O’Brien’s book recounts the true story of its author as a young Caltech biologist, who in 1985, is asked by her mentor to raise Wesley, a baby barn owl with a wing injury that will prevent it from surviving in the wild. O’Brien ended up keeping that owl for nineteen years. When O’Brien developed a life-threatening illness, she found solace and support from her pet owl, and she collected stories of this relationship into the book, which is a cross between Marley & Me and Fly Away Home.

The film will be produced by Henson CEO & President Lisa Henson along with Halle Stanford and Sarah Maizes for Henson Co. and Mark Hantoot will also produce, while Larry Hummel and Tera Kurtz will co-produce the project, which is currently out to and cast.

The is currently in production on The Happytime Murders, starring Melissa McCarthy and the Netflix original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The company is also developing a Fraggle Rock film based on the ’80s puppet-driven television show created by Henson.

After producing Winchester for CBS Films, Trapani is currently developing a remake of An American Werewolf in London for Universal Studios with Max Landis writing and directing. Trapani previously produced The Haunting in Connecticut, and he is repped by .

Janszen previously wrote screenplays for A Dolphin Tale, Duma and Mandy Moore’s  A Walk to Remember, and co-created the series Mars for National Geographic and Ron Howard/Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment. She is repped by the .

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