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Dark Crystal 2!

02.01.2006

Am I the only one who had the crap scared out of them by THE DARK CRYSTAL? I was probably about 6 when I saw it and man did it give me the heebie-jeebies for weeks. I was able to watch it years later (around the time LABYRINTH was released) and found myself enjoying it quite a bit, even if it did bring back frightening memories. Today it was announced that Jim Henson Co. is moving forward on the sequel, POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL, and has set animation wizard Genndy Tartakovsky ("The Clone Wars" "Samurai Jack") to make his feature directing debut. According to Variety, the film takes place, "hundreds of years after the first pic," and will follow "a mysterious girl made of fire who steals a shard of the crystal in hopes of reigniting the dying sun." Like the original, the sequel will be puppet-driven with complete CGI backgrounds. Tartakovsky says, "There is a limited budget here, and this will be more artsy, in a SIN CITY fashion, with characters performing over greenscreen and great backgrounds behind it." Henson will finance the film and look to seal a deal with a US studio before shooting begins this summer. Meanwhile, can you think of a better guy to direct a DARK CRYSTAL sequel than Tartakovsky? His "Clone Wars" episodes were the best thing to happen to the STAR WARS franchise in years. What do you think of the news?

Source: Variety

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