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Fede Alvarez to helm a spin-off of Jim Henson's fantasy classic Labyrinth

04.13.2017

This is it, folks, it's finally happening! It's been announced today that Tristar Pictures has requested that director Fede Alvarez pick up the pieces in creating a long-awaited follow-up to Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy classic LABYRINTH. From what I've gathered, Alvarez will once again team with THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB scribe Jay Basu on the LABYRINTH project.

It's being reported that Alvarez and Basu will tend to the details of the proposed LABYRINTH movie after all matters concerning THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB have wrapped. Furthermore, the duo's goal regarding the new LABYRINTH venture will be to design a new story within the universe created by the legendary Jim Henson. In essence, the project will be a spin-off rather than a reboot or sequel.

For those of you who are too young to recall, LABYRINTH told the epic fantasy tale of a A 16-year old girl (Jennifer Connelly) who is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King (David Bowie). Sadly, it's being reported that Bowie's Jareth character (or the magical bulge between his gray-tighted legs) will not be a part of the plan for this project. The film is a co-production between TriStar Pictures and The Jim Henson Co. with Alvarez and Basu writing the script. Lisa Henson will produce and Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar. Lisa Henson of The Henson Co. will produce.

In speaking with Deadline Hollywood, Alvarez told the publication, “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.”

Alright, it's time for some serious talk here, Alvarez. Are you listening? My buddy, my pal, my friend of friends, please don't f*ck this up. Additionally, do you recall how important it was to J.J. Abrams that he include puppetry and practical effects when making the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS? Yeah, you should follow that same edict. While I fully understand that CGI effects are cheaper and easier to manage, I hope that you keep the use of that stuff to a minimum when making this film. I'm just sayin', the people will love you for it. I will love you for it. Do the right thing, man. I'll be watching you. I'm like Roz from MONSTERS INC., always watching. 

Be sure to look for more updates on this project here as they roll out. Meanwhile, be sure to give Jim Henson's LABYRINTH another watch, simply because that movie is amazing in all regards. It's available right now on Digital, Blu-Ray and DVD.  

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Extra Tidbit: Actresses Jane Krakowski, Yasmine Bleeth, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mary Stuart Masterson, Laura Dern, Lili Taylor, Laura San Giacomo, Ally Sheedy, and Mia Sara all auditioned. Krakowski, Sheedy, and Maddie Corman all auditioned for the role of Sarah for Jim Henson's Labyrinth.

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2:53PM on 04/14/2017
They should have Jennifer Connelly return as the star. Sarah would be about 46 to 47 years old now and her baby brother Toby would be 31 or 32ish depending on when the movie comes out. Perhaps they can spin a story line of Sarah doesn't have children because of what happened but Toby has a baby and he disappears. Perhaps Toby has a baby from a previous marriage and his wife tragically died soon after having the baby.. Toby a year later or so meets is actually from the Labryinth and a
They should have Jennifer Connelly return as the star. Sarah would be about 46 to 47 years old now and her baby brother Toby would be 31 or 32ish depending on when the movie comes out. Perhaps they can spin a story line of Sarah doesn't have children because of what happened but Toby has a baby and he disappears. Perhaps Toby has a baby from a previous marriage and his wife tragically died soon after having the baby.. Toby a year later or so meets is actually from the Labryinth and a goblin unbeknownest to him to claim what was taken from the Goblin king. It's sad that Bowie is gone but Labryinth is vast but they can play it well. Sarah figures out what happens and her Toby both dive back into the Labrinth to find Toby's child. Another way is that Sarah has a daughter or son that is has to babysit Toby's child then makes the same mistake as Sarah. Either way I think Sarah should be back in the Labryinth. If they find someone that looks like Bowie and can pull off a good Goblin King then I am game. If they can't then they can use a wide cast of characters from past and new ones. Eitehr way the puppertry should remain. No crap CGI and if so then very little to compliment or fix things.
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2:42PM on 04/14/2017

Well I, uh... I... that is, uh... hm... Yes?

A spin-off could be fun, just make sure the puppeteering remains.
A spin-off could be fun, just make sure the puppeteering remains.
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5:21AM on 04/14/2017
Doing this without Bowie on screen is one thing, but doing it without Bowie on the soundtrack..?
Doing this without Bowie on screen is one thing, but doing it without Bowie on the soundtrack..?
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2:49AM on 04/14/2017
Not really what I had thought he'd want to do, or I'd hoped him to do but...fuck it. Good for him. Love Bowie's music but Labyrinth was never that special for me so if he can bring something new to it, go for it.
Not really what I had thought he'd want to do, or I'd hoped him to do but...fuck it. Good for him. Love Bowie's music but Labyrinth was never that special for me so if he can bring something new to it, go for it.
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11:38PM on 04/13/2017
Jim Henson's company still owns the rights to Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. They were not sold to Disney along with the Muppets. I would assume they would be highly involved in any sequel, reboot, etc. and be making creatures for it.
Jim Henson's company still owns the rights to Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. They were not sold to Disney along with the Muppets. I would assume they would be highly involved in any sequel, reboot, etc. and be making creatures for it.
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8:53PM on 04/13/2017
My issue is specifically with "spin-off." Maybe a new generation deserves to have their Labyrinth, but the Goblin King Jareth is dead. Don't even go all Governor Tarkin on him, he's dead. Jim Henson Productions isn't what it used to be, either, but anything short of a total reboot is pointless.
My issue is specifically with "spin-off." Maybe a new generation deserves to have their Labyrinth, but the Goblin King Jareth is dead. Don't even go all Governor Tarkin on him, he's dead. Jim Henson Productions isn't what it used to be, either, but anything short of a total reboot is pointless.
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5:19PM on 04/13/2017
The world of Labyrinth is complex and rich enough that a spinoff is a great idea; it definitely can survive well without the star power of Bowie. But a horror director? I'll hold out hope that he won't mess this up.
The world of Labyrinth is complex and rich enough that a spinoff is a great idea; it definitely can survive well without the star power of Bowie. But a horror director? I'll hold out hope that he won't mess this up.
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7:45PM on 04/13/2017
Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro were horror directors before they did their fantasy projects. I'm not worried.
Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro were horror directors before they did their fantasy projects. I'm not worried.
8:21PM on 04/13/2017
Yeah, but they are good directors who directed good horror flicks. Alvarez is a talentless hack.
Yeah, but they are good directors who directed good horror flicks. Alvarez is a talentless hack.
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4:29PM on 04/13/2017
This could be tricky territory. A spinoff would need to be treated with the utmost respect for the original, with puppetry and practical effects being key. I hope this doesn't get messed up.
This could be tricky territory. A spinoff would need to be treated with the utmost respect for the original, with puppetry and practical effects being key. I hope this doesn't get messed up.
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3:55PM on 04/13/2017

BTW,

This is one of the very few catalog releases that also is released on 4K UHD... it looks fantastic
This is one of the very few catalog releases that also is released on 4K UHD... it looks fantastic
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3:53PM on 04/13/2017

You remind me of the babe...

What babe
The babe with the power
What power
The power of voodoo
Who do
You do
Remind me of the babe
What babe
The babe with the power
What power
The power of voodoo
Who do
You do
Remind me of the babe
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3:34PM on 04/13/2017
Fede Alvarez is an excellent choice. With him directing and Jim Henson Co. producing, I would say chances are god that we're going to get a lot of solid practical effects and minimal CGI. I loved Evil Dead and Don't Breathe, and good things tend to happen when horror directors do fantasy projects. I think we're in for a treat.
Fede Alvarez is an excellent choice. With him directing and Jim Henson Co. producing, I would say chances are god that we're going to get a lot of solid practical effects and minimal CGI. I loved Evil Dead and Don't Breathe, and good things tend to happen when horror directors do fantasy projects. I think we're in for a treat.
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3:25PM on 04/13/2017

Ugh, there is no Labyrinth without Bowie

They can create a muppet world (it better fucking be muppets and not CGI) and have fun music and a whimsy story but it won't be the same without Jareth.
They can create a muppet world (it better fucking be muppets and not CGI) and have fun music and a whimsy story but it won't be the same without Jareth.
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2:58PM on 04/13/2017

But what about our Dark Crystal sequel?

I thought the Samurai Jack creator was working on a sequel to the Dark Crystal. What the heck happened to THAT project. Another muppet feature in this universe is certainly interesting. Sounds like a fun directing gig tbh.
I thought the Samurai Jack creator was working on a sequel to the Dark Crystal. What the heck happened to THAT project. Another muppet feature in this universe is certainly interesting. Sounds like a fun directing gig tbh.
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2:51PM on 04/13/2017

BLISS

This is going to be amazing.
This is going to be amazing.
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