FOREVER IS NOT LONG AT ALL
30 years after Jim Henson’s Labyrinth was released in theaters, TriStar has announced that casting has begun for a sequel, with production being scheduled for this fall.
The team of Fede Alvarez and Jay Basu will write and direct the
as-yet untitled sequel which doesn’t have a release date at this time.
“Labyrinth is one of the seminal movies from my childhood that made me fall in love with filmmaking,” Alvarez told Deadline as part of the announcement. “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.”
Alvarez and Basu are currently working together on “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the sequel to Sony’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The duo is also slated to work together on the upcoming adaptation of EA’s “Dante’s Inferno” video game. The Uruguay-born Alvarez previously directed the critically-acclaimed horror-thriller “Don’t Breathe.” Basu co-wrote “Monsters: Dark Continent,” and has a slew of other writing credits under his belt.
Jim Henson directed the original Labyrinth, which came out in 1986, his last film as a director before passing away in 1990. The movie was written by “Monty Python’s” Terry Jones and executive produced by George Lucas. Labyrinth follows 15-year old Sara, played by Jennifer Connelly, who sets off to reach the center of a maze to save her younger brother from the Goblin King, played by David Bowie. While it didn’t do particularly well commercially, Labyrinth has achieved cult status, spawning comics and toys.