Henson Pics visits the ‘Sun’

McIntyre's Nebula-award winning novel optioned

Jim Henson Pictures has optioned the novel “The Moon and the Sun” from author Vonda N. McIntyre.

“Moon,” which won the 1997 Nebula award for best science fiction novel, is a period piece that combines elements of mythology with historical fact. Set in the 17th century court of Louis XIV, story is about the ruler who captures a legendary living sea monster that he believes to be the source of immortality. It takes a defiant young woman to discover the creature’s humanity and reveal it to the king.

Legit helmer Christopher Renshaw will make his feature debut on the pic, while Michael London, a former exec veepee of production at Fox, serves as producer. Script will come from Laura Harrington, with McIntyre’s involvement. Allain and Kristine Belson will serve as the execs in charge of production.

Initial attraction

London originally brought the project to Henson after reading the novel, saying he was drawn to “the weird juxtaposition (of) a completely imagined creature in this very specific historical world.”

Scribe Harrison, who began her career as an actress (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “Paulie”), has also written several screenplays such as “Runaway,” for Elton John’s Rocket Pictures; “Isabel Fidel,” for Taylor Hackford; and “Mississippi Mud,” for Martin Scorsese.

Renshaw has received several directing kudos, including a Drama Desk award for best direction, an Outer Critics Circle nomination and a Tony nomination for his 1998 staging of “The King and I.”

McIntyre has written dozens of fantasy/sci-fi novels including “Dreamsnake,” which landed her on the New York Times bestseller list.