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Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman to pen new Labyrinth film

01.22.2016

The timing of this particular announcement doesn't seem all that great, does it? Back in 1986 a little film called LABYRINTH was released starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. It chronicled the quest of a young girl named Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie) after Sarah accidentally wished Toby away. The film was full of bizarre puppets, dance numbers, and David Bowie's bulge. It was also, unfortunately, a big disappointment at the box-office. However, LABYRINTH would go on to develop a large cult following after its release on home-video and introduce countless people to its magical wonders.

Just two weeks after the death of David Bowie, it has been announced that Tri-Star has closed a deal with the Jim Henson Co. to produce a new LABYRINTH film to be written by GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY co-writer Nicole Perlman. THR, who broke the news, have labelled the project as a "reboot," but Nicole Perlman announced on her Twitter that she wasn't "rebooting" anything.

Perlman's reply seems to indicate that the project will be a sequel, spin-off, or something else of that nature, and not a straight up reboot of LABYRINTH. The original film was the final feature-film to be directed by the late Jim Henson, and his daughter, Lisa Henson, will be producing this new LABYRINTH project. While I don't count myself as one of LABYRINTH's many fans (sorry), I can appreciate that this news may be a disappoint to some. If Jareth is still to be a part of this new film, who could possibly fill David Bowie's, lets say...shoes?

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9:57PM on 01/23/2016
I was okay with this when it was sequel talk, but you please F OFF. Leave these movies from my childhood alone, and now especially since Bowie has died. Get some original ideas and stop rebooting classics.
I was okay with this when it was sequel talk, but you please F OFF. Leave these movies from my childhood alone, and now especially since Bowie has died. Get some original ideas and stop rebooting classics.
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5:25PM on 01/24/2016
Nicole Perlman said on her twitter page that it wouldn't be a reboot.
Nicole Perlman said on her twitter page that it wouldn't be a reboot.
8:19PM on 01/24/2016
So how are they going to continue things? If they don't reboot it, Jareth is dead, Sarah is a mom. Is Hoggle going to be the connection? Do we WANT it to be in the same universe?
So how are they going to continue things? If they don't reboot it, Jareth is dead, Sarah is a mom. Is Hoggle going to be the connection? Do we WANT it to be in the same universe?
2:17PM on 01/23/2016
I just rewatched this last night. I'm trying to be not negative about this. Honestly, I'd love to see Jim Henson Co. get back into making movies that didn't follow the Muppets. And Nicole Perlman did good work with GotG. But could this particular project just fuck right off? It's bad enough Jim Henson isn't around anymore, but without Bowie, what's even the point if they're not rebooting it?
I just rewatched this last night. I'm trying to be not negative about this. Honestly, I'd love to see Jim Henson Co. get back into making movies that didn't follow the Muppets. And Nicole Perlman did good work with GotG. But could this particular project just fuck right off? It's bad enough Jim Henson isn't around anymore, but without Bowie, what's even the point if they're not rebooting it?
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11:20AM on 01/23/2016
As long as it tells an original story that only share the same universe as the first, and rely mostly on practical effects and puppetry rather than full blown CGI, I'm not hating the idea. I'd love to watch more gothic fairytales on cinema.
As long as it tells an original story that only share the same universe as the first, and rely mostly on practical effects and puppetry rather than full blown CGI, I'm not hating the idea. I'd love to watch more gothic fairytales on cinema.
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11:16AM on 01/23/2016

I'm trying to ignore the lingering dread here

and give this a fair shake. While the original wasn't perfect, it did boast some great performances from both Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. Other than better CGI, I can't think of anything that a new LABYRINTH film could bring to the table. Which is probably why I'm not a Hollywood scriptwriter.

As for the Goblin King (or Queen), I nominate Tilda Swinton.
and give this a fair shake. While the original wasn't perfect, it did boast some great performances from both Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. Other than better CGI, I can't think of anything that a new LABYRINTH film could bring to the table. Which is probably why I'm not a Hollywood scriptwriter.

As for the Goblin King (or Queen), I nominate Tilda Swinton.
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11:04AM on 01/23/2016

No

Just stop.
Just stop.
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5:32AM on 01/23/2016
Now hear me out before you thumbs down me. I'm all for this movie, so how about a casting idea for the Goblin King since David is obviously not going to be available. He's not as douchey as he once was, and he could definitely turn his image around with this like Channing did but how about Justin Bieber for the role? Like David they are both musicians, and there both artistic souls and I could definitely see him rocking that hair-do. There's my two cents.
Now hear me out before you thumbs down me. I'm all for this movie, so how about a casting idea for the Goblin King since David is obviously not going to be available. He's not as douchey as he once was, and he could definitely turn his image around with this like Channing did but how about Justin Bieber for the role? Like David they are both musicians, and there both artistic souls and I could definitely see him rocking that hair-do. There's my two cents.
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8:15AM on 01/23/2016
Yes, but back in the day, unlike Bieber, Bowie was not just a famous singer, he was liked by the people.
Yes, but back in the day, unlike Bieber, Bowie was not just a famous singer, he was liked by the people.
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5:18AM on 01/23/2016
If this HAS to happen, and they wanted to go in a different direction, I could totally see lady Gaga owning a role as goblin queen.
If this HAS to happen, and they wanted to go in a different direction, I could totally see lady Gaga owning a role as goblin queen.
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9:03AM on 01/23/2016
But Lady Gaga can't act. AHS was embarrassingly bad this season.
But Lady Gaga can't act. AHS was embarrassingly bad this season.
12:23PM on 01/23/2016
Never would've thought of that, and the whole reboot/not reboot is a bad idea, but I think you have something here. Lady GaGa as an over the top Goblin Queen. I'm game.
Never would've thought of that, and the whole reboot/not reboot is a bad idea, but I think you have something here. Lady GaGa as an over the top Goblin Queen. I'm game.
1:41AM on 01/23/2016
I had never seen the first film until about two years ago when my wife wanted me to watch it with her. She watched it when she was a kid. I thought it was fun, and David Bowie was fun to watch. It's a shame he won't be back for this one. Hopefully the new one turns out great.
I had never seen the first film until about two years ago when my wife wanted me to watch it with her. She watched it when she was a kid. I thought it was fun, and David Bowie was fun to watch. It's a shame he won't be back for this one. Hopefully the new one turns out great.
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