TriStar has announced that a sequel to creature-packed musical fantasy Labyrinth is in development over 30 years after the Jim Henson-directed original was released.
TriStar has hired Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe, the Evil Dead remake, The Girl In The Spider’s Web) to direct and Jay Basu (The Girl In The Spider’s Web) to write the film.
According to Deadline, insiders stress that the pair will create a new story within the universe created in the original movie and that it is not a remake.
The 1986 Labyrinth starred Jennifer Connelly as a teenage girl whose baby brother is kidnapped by goblins and taken to the centre of a magical Labyrinth, populated by various wonderful Henson Creature Shop creations and David Bowie in a wig only slightly less outrageous than his codpiece. He played the Gobin King, Jareth. Directed by Henson from a script by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, it is now a much-loved movie but flopped at the time.
Sadly, the sequel to Henson’s other fantasy movie, Dark Crystal – which once had Genndy Tartakovsky (Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania) attached – has been in development hell for what seems like forever. Let’s hope this Labyrinth project doesn’t suffer the same fate.