It goes without saying that the death of David Bowie sent all of us reeling a bit. This is a man who’s had his influence in both the music and film mediums, and for those of us who have seen his work on film, we most likely remember him in his role in THE LABYRINTH as Jareth, the Goblin King. In the aftermath of Bowie’s passing, it seemed inevitable that rumors of a LABYRINTH remake/reboot who get tossed around the trades. A few days ago, that’s exactly what happened.
THR reported that not only a new LABYRINTH film was in the works, but that it would be a reboot with writer Nicole Perlman (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) attached. Considering recent events, it seemed a bit tasteless for that news to drop, but the writer took to Twitter to assure fans, that it was not done in an attempt to profit from the legend’s death.
So it turns out the report of a “reboot” was mistaken. But if there is no reboot/remake in the works, does that mean there is no film in the works at all?
The following tweet from Perlman seems to indicate that there is something in the works.
“Continuation” is the key word there. So will there be a LABYRINTH reboot/remake? No. But it does sound like Perlman is hard at work on a sequel of sorts, or at the very least a story taking place in that world set in the world established in the 1986 film.
While it still seems a bit blasphemous to even think about making a film related to any of Bowie’s previous work, LABYRINTH is a picture that’s primed for an update. Its world is charming, and we’re at the stage in filmmaking that seems able to accommodate both practical and CG effects in a wonderful way that can elevate the material to the next level.
What about you? Do you have any interest in revisiting the LABYRINTH world in the future? Let us know in the comments down below!