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The Jim Henson Company Joins S. Craig Zahler’s Hug Chickenpenny Film Adaptation



S. Craig Zahler is a name that should be very familiar to horror fans. He first broke out in 2015 with Bone Tomahawk, and now he’s currently riding high on the praise for his latest film, Brawl in Cell Block 99. But aside from being an award-winning screenwriter, director, cinematographer, AND musician, he’s also a novelist.

His latest book, the Gothic tale Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child, arrives in January; and its film rights have already been scooped up by The Jim Henson Company with Zahler set to direct.

Read on to learn more, and check back soon for both an excerpt and a Q&A with S. Craig Zahler.

From the Press Release:
From the writer and director of the critically acclaimed films Brawl in Cell Block 99 and Bone Tomahawk comes HUG CHICKENPENNY: THE PANEGYRIC OF AN ANOMALOUS CHILD (Cinestate trade paperback original; $15.00; January 23, 2018) by award-winning screenwriter, director, novelist, cinematographer, and musician S. Craig Zahler.

HUG CHICKENPENNY: THE PANEGYRIC OF AN ANOMALOUS CHILD is a Gothic, Dickensian take on the Elephant Man, as if David Lynch wrote a fable for unbalanced orphans.

The Jim Henson Company (Dark Crystal, Labyrinth) has come on board to produce Zahler’s movie adaptation of HUG CHICKENPENNY, and the designers will work closely with him to create and build the animatronic puppet versions of the titular character, “Hug.” The team at Henson joins the producing team of Zahler, who will also direct, and Dallas Sonnier of Cinestate.

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?





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