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 Bowieâ€™s passing. However, Nicole Perlman, one of the filmâ€™s writers, stated that they had started talking about this film as early as 2014. She also stated that it would not be a â€œreboot,â€ implying that it would be more of a continuation, which is what weâ€™re here to talk about today.
Deadline is now reporting that Donâ€™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 Spiderâ€™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 â€œnew story within the universe created in the original movie.â€
Alvarez told Deadline:
â€œLabyrinth is one of the seminal movies from my childhood that made me fall in love with filmmaking. I couldnâ€™t be more thrilled to expand on Jim Hensonâ€™s mesmerizing universe, and take a new generation of moviegoers back into the Labyrinth.â€
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. Letâ€™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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