Magazine article Variety

Coming Soon to a VR Venue near You

Magazine article Variety

Coming Soon to a VR Venue near You

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A limited series based on a script co-authored by late Muppets creator Jim Henson toplines a list of announcements coming from virtual reality producers Felix & Paul Studios. Its 35-project development slate explores everything from mental illness to the afterlife.

Although Henson is best known for muppet characters (Kermit the Frog, Missy Piggy), he had a more experimental side, seen in short film "Time Piece" (1965) and hourlong teleplay "The Cube" (1969), which explored themes such as alienation and conformity. In that spirit he undertook "Tale of Sand," which follows a man making his way through a dreamlike desert landscape, pursued by a one-eyed assassin.

Henson and frequent collaborator Jerry Juhl began working on the -> ?- script in the 1960s and they put it aside in the mid-1970s, as "The Muppet Show" took off. In 2014, it was turned into as a graphic novel by artist Ramon Perez, and now screenwriter Jacob Chase is adapting it for a VR feature.

"You are with one actor for the whole movie, and it unfolds as you are experiencing it," says Lisa Henson, CEO of the Jim Henson Co. "It's a great part, and I hope we can find a very magnetic movie star to be in it."

Felix & Paul is already working with casting director Mary Vernieu on "Pinkbox," a six-episode psycho-sexual thriller from female creator Brandon Milbradt about a women's uprising in a red light district of the near future, tentatively scheduled to begin shooting in Montreal in September. …

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