Jim Henson, creator and performer of the Muppets (those are all his characters pictured above), was a childhood idol of mine almost on a level with Walt Disney. The original Muppet Show was a must-see in my house, and the first two Muppet Movies are unheralded movie musical classics in my (slightly biased) opinion. His unexpected death was a blow that the Muppet empire has never quite recovered from (he never would have let them do this, for example).
So this sure is interesting news: a Henson biopic is currently in the works. Budgeted at $30 million (that buys a lot of felt), producers are hoping to land a name director (Penny Marshall is mentioned) and cast. Might I suggest Guy Pearce as the puppet master (and no, not this kind of puppet master)?