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'Labyrinth' Sequel in the Works; David Bowie's Goblin King Will Not Appear
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13 Apr 2017 06:02 PM EST

-by Drew Kolar, Editor; Image: Poster for Labyrinth (Image Source: Henson Associates, Lucasfilm, TriStar Pictures via Wikimedia Commons)

After years of speculation, it seems a sequel to the cult classic Labyrinth, which originally starred David Bowie, may actually be in the works.

According to Deadline, TriStar has called upon Fede Alvarez (Don't Breathe) to direct a continuation of the beloved 1986 Jim Henson film.

Alvarez, along with Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent), will reportedly co-write the script and begin working on the sequel following production on The Girl in the Spider's Web, the sequel to Sony's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, ScreenRant reports. The Dragon Tattoo sequel, also directed by Alvarez and written by Basu, is currently casting and is expected to begin filming in the fall.

"Labyrinth is one of the seminal movies from my childhood that made me fall in love with filmmaking," Alvarez said. "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."

According to Deadline, the current plan is to is create a new story within the universe of the original movie. It will not be a remake and is seemingly more of a spinoff than a sequel.

Labyrinth was the final film that Muppets creator Jim Henson directed before he died in 1990. Jennifer Connelly portrayed Sarah, a teenage girl who wished that her baby brother would be taken by The Goblin King, Jareth (Bowie). The film follows Sarah's quest through Jareth's maze to rescue her brother from the Goblin King's castle before he is transformed into a goblin.

Bowie's Goblin King will not appear in the upcoming film, which is a co-production between TriStar Pictures and The Jim Henson Company. Lisa Henson will produce, and Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar.

Though the original film did not perform well at the box office, it has since gained a cult following and is heralded as one of Bowie's strongest screen performances. His death in 2016 sparked a renewed interest in the project.

In January of 2016, Sony Pictures announced a "new iteration" (later confirmed to be a sequel) with Lisa Henson as producer and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) attached as the screenwriter. Perlman later confirmed that while she was working on a Labyrinth project with the Jim Henson Co., it was not set to be a remake or reboot. It was also not prompted by Bowie's death.

"Henson Co & I started talking in late 2014, so the timing of these rumors is so upsetting. I would never seek to profit from Bowie's death," Perlman said at the time.

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