Deadline is reporting that writer/director Scott Derrickson has taken a seat in the director’s chair for a sequel to the classic Jim Henson film, Labyrinth for Tristar Pictures. Maggie Levin who wrote and directed My Valentine for the Hulu/Blumhouse venture Into the Dark will pen the script.
It has been 34 years since David Bowie starred as the Goblin King opposite Jennifer Connelly in the original film.
Connelly played Sarah, a teenage girl who wishes her baby brother away when she’s forced to babysit for him. Unfortunately for her, the goblins were listening, and the boy is soon whisked away into a magic land where Sarah is forced to navigate a dangerous labyrinth to rescue him from the Goblin King.
The film featured Henson’s puppets based on designs by Brian Froud and an incredible score and soundtrack with songs performed by Bowie.
Derrickson has a string of hit films to his name including The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, and Deliver Us From Evil. He also directed Doctor Strange for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but stepped away from the sequel after “creative differences” with the producers. He previously worked with Levin as a producer on My Valentine.
Plot details are being kept under wraps on the proposed Labyrinth sequel, which has been in talks for a while now. We first reported as far back as 2017 when some of the initial development was taking place, and since that time two or three directors have been reported for the project.
Derrickson has a style of directing that could lend itself very well to a film like this. Doctor Strange blended genres beautifully and that’s exactly the touch a sequel to this iconic film will need. Let’s hope if the Goblin King still reigns that they can find someone with that Bowie factor to pull off the iconic role onscreen.
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