Cameras set to roll on ‘The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow’ in B.C.

Director Kirk R. Thatcher, pictured in an undated publicity photo.
Director Kirk R. Thatcher, pictured in an undated publicity photo. Handout

TORONTO — Filming of a TV movie based on a story by the late Muppet masters Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl begins June 8 in Vancouver.

In January, Global News reported exclusively that The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow was scheduled to be produced for television this spring.

A decision was subsequently made to move production from Nova Scotia, reportedly after the government announced changes to the provincial production tax credit system.

Turkey Hollow is now based out of Vancouver’s Front Street Pictures.

Kirk R. Thatcher, who has worked on a number of Muppets projects since 1989 — including the B.C.-shot The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz and It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie — is directing the TV movie.

It follows a young boy befriended by several aliens with musical abilities who encounter trouble when the town’s turkeys go missing.

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Turkey Hollow is based on an eight-page treatment Henson and Juhl wrote in the 1960s. Their story never made it to the screen but, last October, it was adapted into a comic book by Roger Langridge.

Henson died in 1990 at 53 and Juhl died in 2005 at 67.

The TV movie will feature puppets and actors, although casting details have not been revealed.

Turkey Hollow is scheduled to wrap on July 2 and will air during the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.