Word out on the street is that director Scott Derrickson is being called to direct squeal to Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH. If your unfamiliar with the story or LABYRINTH it follows the story of a 16 year – old girl (Jennifer Connelly) is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King (David Bowie). As the crown jewel of ‘80s fantasy cinema, LABYRINTH continues to dazzle audiences to this very day, with its inspired puppetry by Henson as well as its memorizing set design and lively cast of unconventional characters.
Derrickson recently passed on helming Doctor Strange 2 for Marvel Entertainment, will shoot the upcoming fantasy project based on the script penned by Into the Dark and My Valentine vet Maggie Levin. The news was originally reported by Deadline, Scott told the outlet that “I was actually having lunch yesterday with Lisa Henson and we reconnected with that project,” Alvarez revealed. “We’re very excited about it. It is basically a direct continuation of the first movie many years later, and I can’t tell you much more about it… but we have a script, and we’re very excited about it so we’ll see where that goes. Like always, it takes time and effort to put those movies together because they’re larger than life. But that’s one of the projects that I’m very excited about.”
Given today’s news, it would appear as if the puppet-populated sequel has passed into new hands.
Producing the sequel will be Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Company, with Brian Henson serving as an executive producer. Derrickson will also executive produce with his well-established film partner, C. Robert Cargill. Additionally, Blanca Lisa, vice president of feature film production, will oversee the project for The Jim Henson company.