Jim Henson Company Adapting ‘Wesley the Owl’ Memoir

Deadline reports that the Jim Henson Company has acquired the rights to Stacey O’Brien’s bestselling memoir Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl.

Karen Janszen (Dolphin Tale) is attached to pen the script.

The memoir version of Wesley the Owl tells “the true story of young Caltech biologist Stacey O’Brien. In 1985, Stacey is asked by her mentor to raise Wesley, a baby barn owl with a wing injury that will prevent it from surviving in the wild. What’s intended to be an objective study of owl behavior blossoms into a unique, hilarious and incredible story of discovery, persistence and love spanning 19 years.”

The upcoming adaptation is being described as Marley & Me meets Fly Away Home, with it focusing on the “one-of-a-kind relationship between ‘an owl and his girl’ and redefines expectations of what it means to love, to survive and, ultimately, to become whole. When O’Brien develops her own life-threatening illness, the biologist who saved the life of a helpless baby bird is herself rescued from death by the insistent love and courage of this wild animal.”

The Jim Henson Company also have The Happytime Murders and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on the docket. It looks like a busy time for the company.

I definitely think this has the potential to have the same box office pull Marley & Me had ten years ago. I mean, owls have to be not far behind from puppies in the “cute animal scale,” right?


Have you by an chance read the memoir? What did you think of it?