Early last year, we here at iHorror heard from a little white owl that a reboot of Jim Henson’s acclaimed masterpiece starring the late, great David Bowie The Labyrinth was in the works. We didn’t really know too much about it other than Henson’s company struck a deal with TriStar to breathe new life into the universe we all fell in love with back in 1987, and we really didn’t hear a whole after the initial news that seemed to split fans down the middle in regards to the announcement that came only days after cancer claimed the life of rock icon David Bowie- who portrayed the fascinating, and tightly pants’d role of Jareth, the Goblin King. That is, until today- and the news is good my friends.
According to Deadline, Fede Alvarez, director of 2013’s Evil Dead and this year’s iHorror award winner for best horror movie Don’t Breathe, has been slated to direct the upcoming new Labyrinth film that turns out to be not so much a reboot, but rather a spin-off set in the magical universe that holds home to Fireys, worms with scarves, and a shit ton of baby thieving goblins.
Alvarez will also co-write this new tale alongside Jay Basu (Monsters) and promises to do right by the cult-classic as the critically acclaimed director himself is a huge fan of the movie.
Alvarez to Deadline:
“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.”
No word as to when production will begin, however Fede Alvarez and Basu are currently working together on The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a continuation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series which begins filming this Fall. So one can assume this new Labyrinth film is still some time away from beginning production. But either way, this is happening and I for one couldn’t be more excited!
Do you want to see a new story set in the Labyrinth universe? Raise your hands if you’re doing the magic dance right now!