While we are excited about the news, does 'Labyrinth' sequel feel right without David Bowie?
Scott Derrickson might have passed on the opportunity to direct Doctor Strange sequel because of creative differences, but he has found a new movie to take on. According to a report by Deadline, Derrickson, along with Tristar pictures, is all set to direct the sequel to Jim Henson’s iconic Labyrinth. The script will be penned by Maggie Levin, who has previously written the script and directed movies like Into the Dark, and My Valentine for Hulu. It is going to be produced by Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Company and Brian Henson is going to serve as an executive producer along with Derrickson and his frequent collaborator C. Robert Cargill.
Initially, the movie was going to be directed by Fede Alvarez, but on Bloody-Disgusting's official BOO CREW podcast, the director revealed why he opted out of the movie. He said, "It’s so hard to decide what’s worth your time. And what’s worth the attention of the audience. Labyrinth was something I was going to do at some point, but then I stepped down...I just felt…when people have a preconceived notion of what something should be, it’s very hard to succeed – to surprise them. They’re just expecting the same thing again. So I just decided I didn’t want to do things as a director that people knew already what it was. Or have a preconceived notion of how it should look on the screen. So Labyrinth would be something that people would judge that way, so I decided not to do it."
He continued, "My last movie (THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB) was me going to make a movie for the studio for the first time, like from inside. There were some things that I enjoyed and some things I didn’t about that. I’ve since wanted to just make the movies that really matter to me."
The original 1986 Labyrinth movie was directed by Jim Henson and it starred David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly in the leading roles. The story revolved around the character of Connelly, a teenager who must rescue her baby brother from the clutches of Jareth the Goblin King, played by Bowie. Over the years, the movie has maintained a cult status and the news of a sequel after almost three decades was indeed very welcoming for the fans.
In an interview with Bravo, Bowie had earlier said, "I loved the magic, the mystery. Jim Henson, George Lucas, and I knew from the beginning I would play Jareth." Even Henson, in a separate interview, talked about Bowie's role, saying, "Since we knew from the beginning that he was going to have to sing, we then thought it would be fun to bring rock music into a fantasy film, and the choice was easy: David is one of the best, if not the best, singer/actor of the moment, and he had the advantage of being able to be seductive, threatening, [and] scary.”
The news of a Labyrinth sequel was doing the rounds for a very long time, but after it was confirmed that Derrickson will be directing it, this feels like a major step toward the sequel coming to life. Since the movie released in 1986, the story has continued in the form of follow-up novels, comic books, and video games. The movie has occasionally been screened for fans and helped them capture the nostalgic feeling associated with it. According to a report by Comicbook, there is a Labyrinth themed masquerade ball that takes place annually and it is said to be the largest in the world. What are your thoughts on the sequel? Let us know in the comments below.