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The Dark Crystal sequel gets a pair of directors

May. 4, 2010by: Paul Tassi

Many of us remember fondly the original DARK CRYSTAL from our childhoods, and now, with a sequel on the way 28 years later, maybe we’ll get to share that magic with our kids as well.

Or we’ll bitch about how special effects ruin everything and the original was way better.

Either way, POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL is moving forward, and according to a recent press release, has picked up a pair of directors in the form of Peter and Michael Spierig, who most recently helmed DAYBREAKERS, a very underrated film from last year that I think will find a following at some point.

The movie is said to be a split of CGI mo-cap (hopefully Robert Zemeckis is nowhere near this) and traditional puppetry, and I’m really trying to imagine what those will look like side-by-side. And what’s the plot of this new CRYSTAL adventure?

Set hundreds of years after the events of the first movie when the world has once again fallen into darkness, “Power of the Dark Crystal” follows the adventures of a mysterious girl made of fire who, together with a Gelfling outcast, steals a shard of the legendary Crystal in an attempt to reignite the dying sun that exists at the center of the planet.

A mysterious girl made of fire? I think they’re going to want to go with the mo-cap over a puppet for the one.

Extra Tidbit: I liked Robot Chicken's take on THE DARK CRYSTAL myself.
Source: JoBlo.com

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4:14PM on 05/04/2010
Looking forward to it....(And yes, I'm a fan of the original).
Looking forward to it....(And yes, I'm a fan of the original).
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3:26PM on 05/04/2010

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Cause I can see that puppet's nipples.
Cause I can see that puppet's nipples.
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12:04PM on 05/04/2010

vote of no confidence

wow...daybreakers was terrible. they just don't have the imagination for this.
wow...daybreakers was terrible. they just don't have the imagination for this.
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12:02PM on 05/04/2010
I'm assuming the mocap+puppets will be used in the same way as "Where the Wild Things Are". Which really worked for me.
I'm assuming the mocap+puppets will be used in the same way as "Where the Wild Things Are". Which really worked for me.
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11:39AM on 05/04/2010

Puppets over mocap please

Dark Crystal still holds up all these years later, and the puppetry is one of the main reasons.
Dark Crystal still holds up all these years later, and the puppetry is one of the main reasons.
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11:38AM on 05/04/2010
Definitely interesting to hear the Spierigs are involved. But does this mean Genndy Tartakovsky is out completely? His name was attached this thing for years.
Definitely interesting to hear the Spierigs are involved. But does this mean Genndy Tartakovsky is out completely? His name was attached this thing for years.
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