S. Craig Zahler and The Henson Company Partner Up to Bring HUG CHICKENPENNY To Life

One of my favorite movies this year was the jaw droppingly brutal prison flick Brawl in Cell Block 99 (read GG´s review here), in which we got to see Vince Vaughn in THE best performance of his career. Yes, even better than he is in Wedding Crashers and that's saying a lot. 

And fortunately for us, the man behind the film, Mr S. Craig Zahler, who also gave us the awesome Bone Tomahawk, doesn't only limit his talents to cinema. He is also a musician and an author, with several novels under his belt.

Today it was reported that The Jim Henson Company has acquired film rights to his upcoming novel Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child, which is described as a gothic, Dickensian take on The Elephant Man, as if David Lynch wrote a fable for unbalanced orphans. How great does that sound?

Zahler will direct the film version of the novel, which will hit the shelves January 23, himself and he will also produce along with Henson and publisher Cinestate’s Dallas Sonnier.

“Hug Chickenpenny is an anomalous child. Born from tragedy and unknown paternity, this asymmetrical and white-haired baby inspires both ire and pity at the orphanage, until the day that an elderly eccentric adopts him as a pet. The upbeat boy's spirit is challenged in his new home and as he is exposed to prejudiced members of society in various encounters. Will Hug and his astronautical dreams survive our cruel and judgmental world?”

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop designers (Dark Crystal, Labyrinth) will work with Zahler to create and build the animatronic puppet versions of Hug, a hopeful, physically asymmetrical boy who faces challenges in an orphanage, and the weird and dangerous world outside after he is adopted by an elderly eccentric as a pet.

Zahler is currently in post-production on his cop thriller Dragged Across Concrete (another movie I can't wait to see) starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn.