Jim Henson’s 1986 film, Labyrinth has been the subject of renewed interested as of late. Some of it is due to the film restoration and merchandise releases related to the movie’s 30th anniversary, and some of it is due to the unfortunate passing of David Bowie. Now’s a better time than ever for TriStar to renew the series, and Deadline reports that they’re planning to do just that.
Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent, the announced Metal Gear Solid project) and Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead (2013), Don’t Breathe) are currently working on The Girl in the Spider’s Web for Sony as writer and director, respectively. When that project concludes, the two will move on to work on a project which takes place in the magical world established in Labyrinth. Here’s what the studio had to say to Deadline about the project:
“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.”
The film will be a co-production of TriStar and the Jim Henson Company. Basu and Alvarez will write the script and Alvarez will direct. The filmmakers are currently casting their actors, and production on the movie will officially begin in the fall. The filmmakers are wisely not going to include Bowie’s character, Goblin King Jareth in the film (talk about impossible shoes to fill!). But perhaps Jennifer Connelly will be interested in reprising her beloved character, Sarah (who was a strong female lead long before it was common in Hollywood)… a fan can only dream!
This is an ambitious project indeed… many fans of the series love it largely for Bowie’s unforgettable performance and songs. However, Alvarez has proven himself to be quite talented behind the camera; so if anyone can make it work, it’ll be him. Leaving Jareth behind for this new production shows he respects Bowie and the source material. Hopefully no one will get the bright idea to have Lady Gaga record a new version of “Magic Dance,” or something like that… it’s best to let the classic stuff stay in the classic film since Bowie isn’t around to revisit it. However, It will be interesting to see what Basu and Alvarez will do with the supporting characters from the franchise. All I know is, if Ludo’s in it, my wife will be there opening night!
Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more information on Fede Alvarez and Labyrinth as it breaks!