TriStar to rebirth the world of Labyrinth
TriStar Pictures and Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Co. have set out to co-produce a new film set within the world of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, with Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe, Evil Dead) on board to direct. The film is reportedly not intended to be a remake or a sequel, but more of an expansion that would tell an original story set within the same universe as the 1986 original starring the late David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly.
Ahead of Labyrinth, Alvarez will be directing and co-writing an adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web (based on David Lagercrantz’s book of the same name) along with Jay Basu, and the pair have been set to co-write the script for the Labyrinth spinoff as well. As of yet there is now word as to whether or not any of the original cast or character will appear in or be referenced to in the film. Alvarez told Deadline the following about his involvement with 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 original film was not a box office success, but has since gone on to become a cult classic that is genuinely adored by fans, and the news of a spinoff is likely to bring skepticism. That being said, Labyrinth as well as Henson’s The Dark Crystal both embodied very dark undertones, and having a horror director such as Alvarez at the helm could prove to be an interesting choice that offers a unique take on the universe, especially given that he’s a fan of the original.
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