There are just some properties that should be left alone. In this humble author’s opinion this rule applies to two of Jim Henson’s cinematic offerings – the majestic The Dark Crystal and the magical Labyrinth. The former they’ve been trying to mount a sequel to for decades which never came to fruition, sending the story to comic book land (mind you, they are still trying). The latter has, from time to time, been put on the boiler for a follow up and now, a year and 3 months after lead David Bowie’s death, TriStar Pictures are looking at heading back to the world of the Labyrinth and have appointed stable boy wunderkind Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe, The Girl in the Spider’s Web) as director.
Alvarez will develop the story with co-writer Jay Basu (The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Metal Gear Solid, Monsters: Dark Continent) and, once completed, Basu will write the screenplay. Deadline reports:
Insiders stress that what they will do with Labyrinth after The Girl in the Spider’s Web is create a new story within the universe created in the original movie and that it is not a remake; indeed it sounds more like a spinoff than a sequel.
This is a few years away yet, but it’s on the burner and considering what a low budget cash cow Alvarez is, you can bet this puppy will come to fruition.