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Archaia adapts early Henson project

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Archaia has announced a graphic novel adaptation of Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl's A Tale of Sand.

Henson and his long-time collaborator Juhl worked on the screenplay during the 1960s, but nothing ever came of the project.

Working with The Jim Henson Company, Archaia will adapt the tale of a boy who is ejected from a dusty village and forced to wander out into the desert.

"This script is a peek into the early creative mind of Jim Henson, and is a unique vision that is so different from his work with The Muppets, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth or any of his other later works," said Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy.

"A Tale of Sand was a very personal project for my father," said Jim Henson Company CEO Lisa Henson.

"This hasn’t been seen by anyone outside of this company, and I feel very lucky that we can present his vision for this story in graphic novel format with Archaia, giving fans a glimpse at a piece of his creative legacy, and I hope they enjoy this look into his early creative process."

A Tale of Sand is scheduled for release in summer 2011.

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