Deadline reported earlier in the week that the long-gestating Labyrinth sequel has finally signed a director with Scott Derrickson. The project will be produced by The Henson Company and Sony’s TriStar Pictures.
The original 1986 fantasy musical was directed by Jim Henson starring a young Jennifer Connelly as Sarah and David Bowie as Jareth, The Goblin King.
LABYRINTH – Frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), a teenager with an active imagination, summons the Goblins to take her baby stepbrother away. When little Toby actually disappears, Sarah must follow him into a fantastical world to rescue him from the Goblin King (David Bowie). Guarding his castle is the labyrinth itself, a twisted maze of deception, populated with outrageous characters and unknown dangers.
The sequel’s script was penned by Maggie Levin.
It isn’t mentioned if Scott and his writing/producing partner C. Robert Cargill (Doctor Strange) will take a crack at working on the script.
How exactly the plan on tackling the second film remains to be seen and given the dark nature of the 80’s film, it’ll be very difficult to land another PG rating from the modern MPAA.
Scott Derrickson is best known for helming Marvel’s Doctor Strange and famously exiting Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness over creative differences that led to the hiring of Sam Raimi as a replacement.
Casting information wasn’t mentioned along with production and release dates. Given the current climate of production delays due to the global Coronavirus pandemic and backlogged projects we might not hear when they expect to begin filming for some time.
The Henson Company recently resurrected The Dark Crystal, another beloved Henson film from the 1980s, with their prequel series for Netflix titled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.