Despite the initial outcry from fans, TriStar Pictures and The Jim Henson Co. are continuing to move forward with a proposed Labyrinth sequel / reboot project that was announced last year just following the death of David Bowie. At the time, screenwriter Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) promised fans that it would not be a remake and that it would be “handled with love and respect.” Now this week brings news that the studio has settled on a director, although surprisingly it is a filmmaker known for R-rated horror flicks as opposed to PG fantasy films: Don’t Breathe / Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez. Here’s what he had to say about the announcement:
“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.”
Alvarez will co-write with Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Contintent) who is also working with him on the upcoming Dragon Tattoo reboot, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. It is unclear whether they will retain any elements of Perlman’s original script. Either way, they are continuing to stress that this will not be a remake but rather a spin-off of sorts and that David Bowie’s Goblin King character will not be involved. Are you looking forward to a brand new movie set in the Labyrinth universe?