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New Labyrinth film in development with Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer

Discussion in 'Fantasy Worlds' started by LaRanaRene, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. LaRanaRene

    LaRanaRene Well-Known Member

  2. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

  3. Iscah

    Iscah Well-Known Member

    Before everyone freaks out too much over the word "reboot", IT'S NOT A REBOOT *YET*.

    From the Hollywood Reporter article, "It is unclear if the new take is a reimagining of the story or a sequel, as it is being kept deep in the vault."

    My personal guess is that it's a sequel, maybe overwriting the previous sequel comics (which would kind of make it a reboot of "what happened next"). This seems a very odd time to be announcing a remake of the original.
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  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Even if it was a reboot, I wouldn't be too worried. It took them over 10 years for the Dark Crystal sequel to go absolutely nowhere before they just said "screw it" and forgot all about it. When Robot Chicken hands your butts to you over the debacle, you know it's a laughing stock. I'd expect to never see anything out of Labyrinth again outside of a comic book. They can't even get Happytime Murders off the ground.
  5. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    The scriptwriter, Nicole Pearlman says this project will not be a reboot. What the movie will actually be, whether sequel or spin-off story is yet to be determined. So basically, let the speculation continue. :confused: :skeptical:
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  6. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    The Jim Henson Company really needs a solid business partner,that way they can get the nice push that they need that will help them stay focused as well as the finances they need to complete the project.

    I think either Disney or Warner Brothers would be great partners,i'm leaning more towards Warner Bros because they're probably less likely than Disney to try to buy them.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I've been saying that for years. Problem is, there's not really any takers. One partner only liked them for cheap CGI movies, another just for home video releases. Just all around no one was going to give them the time of day. I'm happy as heck they got a new series coming up on PBS, but at the end of the day, that's about it.

    Labyrinth is arguably far more relevant today than it was when it came out. In an era where crappy fan fics somehow become best sellers and movies and or TV shows, the idea of a blissfully unaware, immature woman stuck in her own crazy fantasy world is a lot less strange than the pre-internet (or at least before it was the thing it's been for the past 20 odd years) days. The whole thing comes out of her own romantic fan fiction and coming to terms with growing up and realizing how vapid her world is. So naturally, it manages to strike a cord now (cough cough Shadow Hunters cough cough Fifty Shades cough).
  8. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Yep,I think this is really the best time to make the movie,hopefully if this movie is successful,maybe other major companies might want them. It has a "GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY" writer so that could be a good sign.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I think the major problem here is that Henson needs to remind a potential audience of its glory days and staple brands that no longer contain Muppets. So I can see why Henson was trying to get Dark Crystal and Fraggle Rock projects off the ground, all the while not being able to get anything else new out there that isn't a preschool show. And even then, that was tricky.

    Labyrinth is a cult movie. The thing flopped hard when it first came out, but gained a following. Trying to purposely make a cult movie..well... best I can say is that it has strange and varied results. A second Labyrinth film, prequel, sequel, reboot, deboot, spinoff universe... whatever it could be they'd be trying to make a follow up film to something that wasn't successful until years later. I'm not saying this isn't a good idea, but hypothetically if this actually does get off the ground, what are they going to accomplish?
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  10. Colbynfriends

    Colbynfriends Well-Known Member

    Anyone else feel it's odd this is getting traction right after Bowie's passing? Like...I dunno cashing in on the sensationalism of his passing in order to drum up fanfare for this project? Rubs me the wrong way. I have seen, I think, that they've been trying to get something off the ground so I'm sure it predates this, but I feel they're tying the two together to make the project more well known and into the public eye.

    May turn out to be nice, maybe bring back Jennifer Connolly and Toby. I've not read the manga so I can't speak to that story but I'm sure that'd make an interesting film. Or a new idea where, who knows, Toby could be a goblin king? Will be interesting to follow the production of this project from here on out.
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The film was in development well before that. It was probably even tracked a little just as that terrible coincidence happened. I wouldn't be surprised if Henson was kicking around this film for a while now. For arguments sake I'll pretend that this is a possibility, and it won't go down like Fraggle Rock and Power of the Dark Crystal. I don't think they would try to take advantage of Bowie's passing, and one of the script's writers was disgusted by that very idea.

    That said, reintroducing the "never going to happen" factor in, how many times did we hear that POTDC or FR was pushing forward only to not hear anything for months, year later, and either it's a case of "No, it's still happening! Trust us" or "You know how we said to trust us? Well...."

    DARTH MUPPET Well-Known Member

    I think it is a bit of a slap in the face to Bowie, right after he dies and they announce this, poor taste IMHO ...
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Again, I'm pretty sure that was accidental and coincidental. Conversely you could say that this was on track to be announced then David passed on. Sure, a lot of movies are announced at the drop of a hat once a movie company gets the license for something, but I very much doubt this was one of those times. Knowing Henson, they probably planned on announcing it for a while.
  14. SnakeLipsXD

    SnakeLipsXD Well-Known Member

    Really? I always thought that if they remade it, then that would offend a lot of people - especially considering that, in itself, that film is a total classic.
    However, if it does happen, I hope they use some of the original cast and puppetry techniques - it would be so sad to see something so beautiful get ruined by technology. :(
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  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Here's the thing.

    Let's hypothetically say that Henson has the partnership and funding they would need to get this project off the ground and this thing actually happens (which it won't). How the heck is the aspect of a film that you can easily ignore and probably won't see (unless you're one of those rage watchers that need to see how ticked off they should be) "offensive?" I'm not talking about a "George Lucas ruined Star Wars with the prequels" level of retroactively casting a shadow of convolution on the original films. I'm talking about a harmless sequel that (again, hypothetically that it would happen) can just be easily ignored if it actually does suck.

    Now I get it. The movie speaks to people. People born like decades after the original film flopped and almost fell into obscurity if not for a growing fanbase on home video. It's a cult film that has a bigger fanbase than the huge hit Avatar would ever have. I mean, that one was beloved and parodied for all of a year's time in which everyone stopped caring. Labyrinth parodies and references popped up in a lot of media lately to the point Gravity Falls almost had one but Disney didn't think kids would get it. It's a big enough cult classic that greenlighting the sequel to a film that didn't even gross 20 mil seems like a good idea. This old film has value in it. I really like it, but am a bigger Dark Crystal fan.

    Personally, I don't think one is necessary. Sarah's character arc is pretty much finished in the length of the film. Sure you can have all the subpar faux-Japanese comic book adaptions and gushy fan fics all you want, the movie is over, the story is over. By that mindset, I could care less if there's another Labyrinth. It's either be some sort of Hook knockoff or a less good retread of the original with Sarah's kid and someone else as the Goblin King. I mean, what? Are they going to say they drained the Bog or Eternal Stench and put in a nice set of condos? What more could the story add that wouldn't be a predictable "You're friends are still here" fanwank? Even if you can fiond other stories and further adventures to tell, don't get ticked off that their big budget officially sanctioned fan fic doesn't sync up with yours.

    But as an annoyed Henson fan, I'll give you the reality portion. Here's how this is going to go down. The project will get announced and sound like it has initial traction. Two years from then, we'll get a cryptic update and hear nothing more from them for a few years where they'll say "this is seriously happening, really!" and have some production art and a couple cast members lined up only for nothing to happen for a few more years when you may hear something about it going to a new distribution company...then 10 years after the initial announcement, the project will be all but abandoned. 2 Years after that, it will indefinitely be cancelled, but with news of 5 other simple projects that should get off the ground but don't. Happened to Fraggle Rock the movie, happened to Power of the Dark Crystal, happened to Happy Time Murders. Even if you are tearing your hair out at the thought of a sequel film somehow destroying everything you loved about the original film, you have zero to worry about.
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    DARTH MUPPET Well-Known Member

    I would be ok with a different cast as long as they had a ton of puppets in it.
    the more I think of it its not a slap in the face to Bowie I will at least give it a chance, see how the trailers look? May be they could get Sting? my family are big fans of Sting!
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  17. gavry3

    gavry3 Well-Known Member

    Sting? Are you kidding me?

    One of the ideas for Labyrinth was not to have too many puppets, as they had already tried that with Dark Crystal. Why have more?

    It actually kind of is a slap in the face for Bowie... Like, seriously, right after he died? A bit harsh.
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  18. Flaky Pudding

    Flaky Pudding Well-Known Member

    Labyrinth AND Guardians of the Galaxy? That is simply too much awesome for me to handle! I'm really looking forward to possibly seeing this in the future. But in the mean time, I'm still waiting for a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 spinoff film where Yondu becomes Mary Poppins lol jk.
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  19. Mystic Master

    Mystic Master Well-Known Member

    I'd be interested to see where this could go, and they really don't need any of the original cast. They could do a reimagining that was done for other properties like Battlestar Galactica or Star Trek. The only feasible character they might reuse is Sarah, I cant see them bringing back Toby - because he's not even an actor. Perhaps it would be more interesting to switch all the roles around, and have Sarah be the Goblin Queen, and have the main actor be a guy searching for someone...
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