Soon after the death of music legend David Bowie, it was revealed that TriStar was planning to reboot Labyrinth, a film that had been the cornerstone of many a childhood for the past few decades. Directed by Jim Henson, the film starred Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King.
To many fans, this was a reveal that was in poor taste, as it seemed like the studio was trying to capitalize on Bowie’s passing. However, Nicole Perlman, one of the film’s writers, stated that they had started talking about this film as early as 2014. She also stated that it would not be a “reboot,” implying that it would be more of a continuation, which is what we’re here to talk about today.
Deadline is now reporting that Don’t Breathe helmer Fede Alvarez is set to direct this Labyrinth film, and that Monsters: Dark Continent writer Jay Basu will be penning the script. Both talents are currently working on The Girl in the Spider’s Web (a sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), and once that film is wrapped, the duo will head straight into Labyrinth.
As stated above, this will not be a reboot or remake, but will instead be a “new story within the universe created in the original movie.”
Alvarez told Deadline:
“Labyrinth is one of the seminal movies from my childhood that made me fall in love with filmmaking. I couldn’t be more thrilled to expand on Jim Henson’s mesmerizing universe, and take a new generation of moviegoers back into the Labyrinth.”
Labyrinth is a film that resonates with many folks, though despite its connection with many a childhood, the film itself is a bit on the dark and creepy side. With that in mind, turning to a horror director like Alvarez is something of an inspired choice. Let’s hope the filmmakers are smart enough to go full puppet on this one. Given how beloved that original is, I doubt fans would accept any less than a full-on puppet show.
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