Scott Derrickson, who recently exited the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, has signed on to direct the Labyrinth sequel at Sony’s TriStar Pictures, according to Deadline. The sequel will be written by Maggie Levin (Into the Dark, My Valentine).
Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Company is producing. Brian Henson is executive producing. Derrickson is executive producing with C. Robert Cargill. Blanca Lisa, VP of feature film production, is shepherding the project for The Jim Henson Company. Caellum Allen is supervising the Labyrinth sequel with Nicole Brown on behalf of TriStar Pictures.
Released in 1986, the original film stars David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King, and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, who must rescue her baby brother by finding her way through the massive maze of the title. The movie only grossed $13.9 million at the worldwide box office, but it has maintained cult status over the years.
Directed by Jim Henson, Labyrinth was produced by Star Wars creator George Lucas and presented by Lucasfilm Ltd. The film’s screenplay was by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame, from a story by Henson and Dennis Lee.
Brian Froud served as the conceptual designer of the groundbreaking fantasy, with music by Trevor Jones and songs by David Bowie.
In the movie, Sarah (Connelly) is a teenager with an active imagination. Frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night, she summons the Goblins to take her baby stepbrother away.
When little Toby actually disappears, Sarah must follow him into a fantastical world to rescue him from the Goblin King (Bowie). Guarding his castle is the labyrinth itself, a twisted maze of deception, populated with outrageous characters and unknown dangers.
To get through it in time to save Toby, Sarah befriends the Goblins, in hopes that their loyalty isn’t just another illusion in a place where nothing is as it seems.
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