Netflix Announces The Dark Crystal Prequel Series

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By now it’s becoming clear that not only is Netflix banking heavily on nostalgia, but they are positioning themselves as the saviour for just about every long lost project that failed to become a reality somewhere else. For many years, there has been talk about a sequel to Jim Henson’s cult classic 1982 live-action animatronic fantasy film The Dark Crystal. Back in the mid-2000s, Genndy Tartakovsky was attached to direct a movie called Power of the Dark Crystal and later The Spierig Brothers (Daybreakers) came on board as well. Ultimately, the project never panned out. Now this week Netflix has announced a brand new TV series that will serve as a prequel to The Dark Crystal. Hit the jump for more info.

According to a press release from Netflix, Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Clash of the Titans) will executive produce and direct a 10-episode series called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The story takes place “many years” before the events of the original film and it will feature “an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer.” The writing staff will be led by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Life in a Year) and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100). Here is a brief plot synopsis:

“When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.”

Considering the fact that the original film was a box office bomb, Netflix seems like the appropriate home for a follow up (especially considering that they are committed to using the original animatronic creatures and not CG effects). No word on a projected release date but the series will start shooting this fall. They have also released a short teaser to whet your appetite. Are you looking forward to The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance?

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