Labyrinth fans, gather up your glitter, crystal balls, puffy ’80s dresses and rejoice! After 30 years, it appears as if a sequel is on its way for the beloved cult classic.
The original film debuted in 1986, and stars the late David Bowie as the Goblin King and Jennifer Connelly as our young heroine, Sarah. The movie follows the story of Sarah, a young girl prone to day dreams and make believe, who wishes her little brother, Toby, away to the goblins. But when the Goblin King actually shows up and does take away Toby, Sarah must race against the clock and solve the king’s Labyrinth in thirteen hours or she’ll lose her brother forever. It’s wonderfully campy and tons of fun that only Bowie and Henson could deliver.
While it was a box office disappointment, grossing only $12.9 million, and the last feature film that Jim Henson would direct prior to his death in 1990, Labyrinth has gained a huge cult following over the last thirty years.
In 2006, a sequel, titled Return to Labyrinth, was released in the form of a four part manga series from TokyoPop. The tale was a disappointment, following the story of Toby returning to the Labyrinth, rather than the continued complicated relationship between Sarah and Jareth the Goblin King.
For thirty years, fans (including myself) have had to whet our appetites with cosplay, fan fiction, and an endless loop of the soundtrack. But it looks like all of that is about to change.
Fede Álvarez, director of Evil Dead (2013) and Don’t Breathe (2016) is at the helm, directing and co-writing the script with Jay Basu and Nicole Perlman (you might recognize her as one of the writers for Guardians of the Galaxy). Casting and production will begin in fall of 2017.
And if you’re worried about who in the world could ever replace Bowie as our beloved Goblin King: have no fear. Much like how Rogue One is to the Star Wars franchise, this sequel will compliment the universe with a completely new story in the world of the Underground… there may be mention of the infamous and fabulous king of the goblins, but we won’t be seeing him.
Brian Henson, son of the late and great Jim Henson and the chairman of the Jim Henson Company, said in an interview last September during the 30th Anniversary celebration of the film’s release:
“We continue to develop around Labyrinth, just as we continue to develop around Dark Crystal. We will be very careful of what we actually make. For instance, you will never see us do any kind of remake of Labyrinth. It would have to be complimentary pieces within the world. And we are working on developing that.”
Here’s hoping that this Labyrinth sequel won’t follow down the same path as The Power of the Dark Crystal, the long awaited sequel to Henson’s other great ’80s fantasy film, The Dark Crystal that was promised to us back in 2005, and yet will never see the big screen.
How do you feel about this exciting news? Are you looking forward to this sequel? Should they recreate Bowie the way filmmakers recreated Princess Leia in Rogue One? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!
Amanda Woomer-Limpert is one of the Geekiverse’s newest writers and has been a fan of Labyrinth and David Bowie for 20 years now… she may or may not have the entire film memorized (spoiler alert: she does).
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