By: Renee Grant
Fans of the 1986 Jim Henson film Labyrinth that starred late rock star David Bowie is finally getting a sequel. Thirty-one years after the original movie captured our hearts and imaginations, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Fede Alvarez will co-write and direct the film’s follow-up. Alvarez is responsible for 2016’s thriller Don’t Breathe.
Jay Basu will write the script alongside Alvarez, with Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Company producing the movie. Currently, Basu and Alvarez are working on Girl in the Spider’s Web, the sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Production on the Labyrinth project is set to begin soon after.
The original film saw Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King, who kidnaps a baby boy named Toby. His sister Sarah, played by Jennifer Connelly, must navigate an elaborate maze to save him. Bowie’s portrayal of the goblin king, the music, and quirky puppet characters made the film a cult classic. It was the last film directed by Henson, executive produced by George Lucas and written by Monty Python member Terry Jones.
The team behind the film says the new version will not be a reboot or remake of the original, but a true continuation set in a very Henson universe. The Goblin King will not make an appearance in the new movie, but then again, could anyone ever do it better than Bowie?