The ambitious, picturesque 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth is an cult classic that highlighted the puppet creations of its director, the late, great Jim Henson, and famously introduced David Bowie as the villainous Jareth the Goblin King.
However, it was, initially, a failure, earning $12.7m total against its $25m budget. But over 30 years later, its cult momentum is such that a major spinoff movie is in the works.
According to Deadline, TriStar Pictures are opting to build on Labyrinth with a film that takes place in the same universe as the original. The studio have reportedly tasked horror visionary Fede Alavarez to direct the film, working off a script by Jay Basu. The team-up serves as a quick reunion, since the duo of Alvarez and Basu are currently working on the upcoming (apparently, Rooney Mara-less) Girl in the Spider’s Web.
“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.”
While details on the Labyrinth spinoff are scarce, the report stresses that it will not take the conventional route of being a remake/reboot. Rather, plans are apparently in place to create a story within the existing framework of the 1986 movie mythos, while likely avoiding any direct connection to the events of the movie. The original film depicted teenager Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) on a perilous other-worldly journey through a maze to rescue her infant brother from the clutches of the Goblin King (Bowie) after she impulsively wished the child to be taken away in a moment of anger. Indeed, in the spirit of being a non-sequel spinoff, the report emphasises that we will not be seeing Bowie’s Goblin King – either as a sacrilegious CGI concoction, or played by anyone else – in the new film.
While the Labyrinth spinoff hasn’t indicated a proper title, it will likely have one soon, since the project is reportedly already casting and set to commence production this autumn. We’ll bring you more as we get it.