After a long 30-year hiatus, it seems like The Storyteller is looking for a return to TV. Having first made his debut in the year, 1987, a revival of this series is now being put together by Neil Gaiman and Fremantle and is in association with The Jim Henson Company.
In an all-new report from Deadline, Gaiman and team are now looking to revive this show and start pitching it to streamers and networks in hopes of reaching “the broadest audience possible.” Gaiman had this to say about the new version of The Storyteller:
“Part of what fascinates me about The Storyteller is the stuff that we don’t know,” Gaiman had said.
“Who was the Storyteller, why was he telling these stories, was he a goblin, what kind of creature? What I’d love to do is an inside story that’s as long as the outside story. We’re going to find out a lot about who the storyteller is; we’re going to find out things we don’t even know that we don’t know.”
“We’re going to begin in a Northern kingdom where stories are forbidden and where the act of telling a story is liable and can get you imprisoned or executed,” the writer continued.
“If you put a storyteller into that situation, things would need to start getting interactive.”
This report says that Gaiman is now ready to serve as a writer and also an executive producer. Lisa Henson, the CEO of The Jim Henson Company, is also on board as an executive producer, and Fremantle’s Blanca Lista will be getting co-EP credits. Henson had this to say:
“The Storyteller has always been a special project for me, having worked so closely with my dad on the original concept.”
“Neil Gaiman is an expert in traditional folklore and mythology, in addition to himself being the modern ‘storyteller’ for our times. I feel like if Neil were an actor, he’d have to play (the Storyteller) because he embodies what the storyteller is, a skilful wordsmith who can entertain people with the power of the story itself, and not to mention he also memorizes it all in his head.”
Gaiman has dived into the TV over the past couple of years, and has also involved himself with season 2 of American Gods and also is the showrunner of Good Omens limited series on Amazon Prime.