Sequels to Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal in development?
Sequels to cult fantasy classics Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal are in development, according to new reports this weekend.
Both films were released in the mid-1980s and, while there has been talk of sequels for almost 20 years in each case, nothing has ever materialised.
According to Variety, the Jim Henson Company, which produced both films, has indicated that is is working on follow-ups to both cult hits, among other 'legacy titles'.
The Dark Crystal, which Jim Henson co-directed with eccentric writer Frank Oz, told the story of Jen, an elflike 'Gelfling' who finds himself on a quest to restore balance to his alien world by returning a lost shard to a powerful but broken gem. Released back in 1982, with only animatronic puppets on screen, the film's dark and odd sensibility have earned it a cult following in the years since its release.
Labyrinth, which emerged four years later in 1986, starred David Bowie and a 15-year old Jennifer Connelly. It told the story of Sarah, a young girl who is forced to try and work her way through an enormous maze to rescue her brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King. Bowie and Connelly are the only two humans on screen, with puppets taking all the other roles.
Despite a mixed performance at the box office upon release, Labyrinth has a found huge audience on DVD, with a number of re-releases and repackings over the year.