Walden Media, Fox 2000 and the Jim Henson Company are bringing the world of Edward Gorey to theaters in The Doubtful Guest.

Brad Peyton will direct, while Matthew Huffman will adapt the illustrator-writer's classic tale. The Hollywood Reporter says the whimsical story revolves around a quirky family whose life is turned upside down when a mysterious, mischievous creature arrives unannounced and unwelcome, bringing trouble with him and wreaking havoc.

Producing are the Jim Henson Co. co-CEOs Lisa Henson and Brian Henson and senior vp feature films Jason Lust.

Jim Henson's Creature Shop is working on the creature creation for The Doubtful Guest, aiming to stay faithful to Gorey's look but giving him expression and the ability to be articulated as a character. The producers intend to augment the animatronics with plenty of CGI.