View Full Version : Labyrinth Sequel Apparently in the Works

10-10-2014, 02:09 PM


"[Lisa] Henson explained that her initial efforts at the company were focused on developing its proprietary animation technology and guiding the TV business, which led to the PBS Kids series “Sid the Science Kid” and “Dinosaur Train.” Those shows were followed by the productions of “Doozers,” “Hi Opie!” and “Pajanimals” with the newest projects “Chatter Zoo” and “Splash,” currently in development. On the feature side, the company optioned “Frog and Toad,” based on the four “Frog and Toad” books by Arnold Lobel, two years ago. (Rights to The Muppets were sold to Disney in 2004).
It’s also working on a quartet of legacy titles in the Henson library — a “Fraggle Rock” movie that’s been in development at New Regency; a sequel to 1982’s “The Dark Crystal”; a sequel to 1986’s “Labyrinth”; and a movie based on the Emmet Otter character."

The ONLY way in which any of this will be even marginally acceptable is if
- Brian Henson is JUST as heavily involved - if not more so - in the making of the sequel as he was in the original. He is the closest thing we'll ever have to Jim and the original vision for the Labyrinth, and he's the only one who can make it work again.
- It is not a musical. There are no performances of any songs.
- Unless David Bowie performs all of the songs. Which I doubt he will sign on to do. But that would be okay then. In fact, that might be wonderful.
- No stupid fifteen second cameos by Bowie of Jennifer Connelly as a #tbt! to the fans. No.

Also I don't know that this will be possible for them to do without the three Frouds.

10-11-2014, 10:58 AM
My first reaction to the news was "if Bowie's not in it, don't do it" and it seems that's what was trending across the internet last night.
But I've since read that a sequel is always talked about, but it doesn't mean it's happening.

Now I want to watch Labyrinth tonight.

10-11-2014, 03:56 PM
Apparently not in the works...


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Hoping that's legit and we can close this thread and never talk about this horrible proposal ever again.

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WOAH! double post automatically switches to an updated single post???

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10-17-2014, 05:42 PM
I really enjoy this film, but doesn't it just beg for a more, um, mature remake?

01-23-2016, 08:08 PM
Okay, apparently IS in the works.

I really enjoy this film, but doesn't it just beg for a more, um, mature remake?


I wanna point some things out.

I know Lisa Henson is a retarded cunt on the basis that she's been wanting and planning to do this for years and years, but the fact that they publicly dropped the info regarding the Tristar deal and screenwriter at this particular point in time is seriously despicable. Does anyone know who's responsible for this timing - is it Henson Co, Tristar, both, or neither? Their timing is akin to when Republicans used 9/11 as a convenient disaster to push their own political agendas. And if they were banking on Bowie's passing helping fuel any positive publicity or attention, I hope it's backfiring. I know nobody thought a sequel was a good idea without Bowie even before Bowie's passing, so I'm hoping even less people think it's a decent idea in the wake of his passing.

I'm fucking pissed the screenwritier is basically "from" Marvel. Literally the last thing a sequel needs is to be anything remotely like anything from Marvel.

Why are the director, producer, and overseer at Tristar ALL females??? In 1986 all three of those positions were held by males. In my opinion that's already setting it up to have a tone that is too dramatically different. Some fucking idiot from Marvel is not going write a script like Terry Jones would. Lisa Henson is not going to direct like Jim Henson (clearly because what has she ever done with her life besides benefit from and dismantle her father's empire).

Are the Froud's even going to do the concept art for this one? That's the only thing that could be kept the same at this point. I'm sure the Froud's won't even get asked though, I'm sure it'll be like, Tim Burton or someone else who ruins everything and is awful.

Are there even going to be puppets still? If so they better be engineered by Brian Henson. If there are puppets it seems unlikely that Brian Henson wouldn't be in charge of that though.

Are there going to be Jennifer Connelly and Toby Froud cameos?

I assume they're going to need an actress to play an older Sarah. Who could they even pick who wouldn't be a complete abomination? And I also assume they're going to need someone to play an older Toby.

I also just want to ask why every film I've ever loved has been remade in the last ten years and has basically become a mockery of its former self.

EDIT: I presume this sequel will not be a musical. Actually I shouldn't presume that. It'll probably be Kanye as the goblin king (ooh how progressive, a black goblin king! *eyeroll*) featuring Johnny Depp on guitar. No other instruments or film score - just Kanye West ft. Johnny Depp on guitar.

On a more serious note (Trevor Jones for film score anyone? Actually I think I would prefer the score not to sound anything like the original) I wonder when exactly story-wise this is supposed to take place. Because I don't suppose Bowie would have been reprising his role, and they've been planning on making this movie for a while now, so they have to have something else in mind, or some way to get around that.

01-24-2016, 10:29 AM
Straight from the screenwriter:

"Not 'rebooting' anything, guys," Perlman tweeted (https://twitter.com/Uncannygirl). "Henson Co & I started talking in late 2014, so the timing of these rumors is so upsetting. I would never seek to profit from Bowie's death.Labyrinth is my favorite film from childhood, so I share your concerns that any continuation of the world be handled with love and respect."

For what it's worth, Guardians of the Galaxy was actually really good, and I can see the skill-set involved in the craftsmanship of its script translating quite well to something like Labyrinth Pt. 2, or whatever they intend to call it.

Given the absence of Bowie for the role of Jareth, I personally think a really neat approach to continue the story would be Toby himself somehow having become The Goblin King after all, and Sarah's old friends from his realm tracking her down in her adulthood to save her brother again.

That's IF they can get Jennifer Connelly to sign on for it, of course.

Otherwise idk.

01-24-2016, 02:22 PM
Straight from the screenwriter:

"Not 'rebooting' anything, guys," Perlman tweeted. "Henson Co & I started talking in late 2014, so the timing of these rumors is so upsetting. I would never seek to profit from Bowie's death.Labyrinth is my favorite film from childhood, so I share your concerns that any continuation of the world be handled with love and respect."
Thank you for finding that. I'm confused about why she's calling them "rumors" and why she's crying giant crocodile tears.

And if she had any ounce respect for her favorite "childhood film" she wouldn't be doing any of this. Even the way she refers to it as "favorite childhood film" is enraging and says more than enough.

01-25-2016, 04:44 AM
Return To Oz was a much better film.

04-25-2016, 03:02 PM
30 Anniversary Stuff (http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2016/04/25/labyrinth-30th-anniversary-release-exclusive/83486674/) which is cool but also a shitty as fuck moneygrab by sony as per usual.

04-25-2016, 03:40 PM
I was literally just coming here to post that, lol...should've known you'd beat me to it!

But c'mon, a "moneygrab" would be a straight-up re-release of existing content or w/e. With all the new stuff (commentary/booklet/etc.) and the 4K Ultra upgrade, this is actually pretty awesome. It sounds like this one is practically an archival, Criterion-quality thing so they deserve credit for that, at least.

And you KNOW you're going to buy it anyway so if it's a problem then you're a part of it, lol.

04-25-2016, 04:27 PM
If you only realized how many booklets and behind the scenes content and interviews were in all of the other previous editions... And I don't really need commentary by actors' children who weren't even born during or had nothing to do with the film. But it's not so much the dvd that I mind, aside from the fact that it doesn't come out until September 20th and the Labyrinth anniversary is June 27th - it's the goddamn putting it back in theaters bullshit. For the 25th anniversary before Bowie's death, they celebrated with a screening at the museum of moving image WITH brian henson and all three Frouds. This is just dumb. Include some people who actually matter at these screenings if it's really about an anniversary celebration. I am really glad about the 4K aspect though, AND that this is the first time ever that they're putting the original VHS cover photo on a dvd. ...and yes I already pre-ordered it and it is unfair to make me wait beyond June 27th lol.

04-26-2016, 07:45 AM
I don't really need another edition of Labyrinth... but SHUT UP AND TAKE MY FUCKING MONEY!


Thanks for posting the details!

04-26-2016, 02:33 PM
I don't really need another edition of Labyrinth...
I literally don't understand that statement.

05-03-2016, 03:27 PM
Also a book. (http://10digitdudes.com/labyrinth-visual-history/)

04-27-2017, 01:01 PM
K we have to unfortunately come back to this. I'm not going to be able to type as much as I'd like on the matter because I'm stuck on my phone due to my inability to not submerge all of my electronics in water, apparently, so bear with me.
Labyrinth Sequel Update (https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/film/2017/apr/14/labyrinth-sequel-david-bowie-fantasy-film-in-the-works-fede-alvarez)

First off, fuck you Lisa Henson. Your inheritance does not give you the right to dabble in things that you never had a goddamn thing to do with. Her brother, Brian Henson, played Hoggle in the original film and was also chief puppeteer and would therefore not be terribly out of place if he wanted to try and concoct something like this, but at the moment it does not appear he is involved at all. I hope that changes though; I really hope Brian ends up playing a heavy role in this new one or it won't ever be anything short of an abomination. Same for the Frouds - I don't understand how Lisa Henson thinks she's going to explore this vast fictional world without employing the expertise of said world's creators and designers. And I will admittedly tip my hat to whomever is responsible for the hypothetical Toby Froud cameo I so badly want.

I'm relieved it's not an actual sequel in the sense that it isn't a continuation of the same narrative. Exploring other aspects of the world would definitely be the way to go here if one insists on going at all. It will be so strange though to see any of the peripheral characters in a Sarah/Jareth-less context. It kind of reminds me of Wicked, if that's the way they end up going.

At least there's a new Jareth action figure as well as the reissue of the soundtrack on vinyl to look forward to, and the board game is continually being restocked on several outlets.

04-27-2017, 01:27 PM
Eh. I'll rewatch the original I think. No real interest in a Wicked Two sort of thing. Worked for Wizard of Oz because it subverted the main story so much as to be different .... but. So meh. Make something new for fuck's sake.

04-28-2017, 06:38 AM
I honestly think you're being way too protective over a film that wasn't really even that good to begin with. Don't get me wrong, I immensely enjoy Labyrinth, but if it hadn't been for David Bowie's characteristic overshadowing of the whole project, I doubt anyone would care if some hackneyed fantasy film from the '80s got a remake.

Again - and I cannot stress enough - I love watching Labyrinth, but no one gets bent out of shape each time The Muppets get a revamp, or Scooby Doo or whatever. It's good, ridiculous fun. Maybe films being remade every twenty or thirty years is the modern version of re-telling fairytales. And yes, I know that still happens too.
Point being, I'm sure we all have fond memories of the thing, but it certainly wasn't the best film of its genre, or even in a top 100 of things David Bowie achieved during the 1980s. Love it for its ridiculous story and engaging, original content, but putting it on a pedestal is pointless. If a production company worth millions want to re-do it, or add to the extended universe, it's going to happen regardless of people getting irate on the Internet.

Golden Eel
04-29-2017, 03:17 AM
Thank you. Labyrinth is not a good movie.

11-19-2017, 10:58 AM
Well Lisa Henson is very quickly assuming the role of “new Bob Iger.” In the past ~7 years there have been an entire graphic novel pseudo-manga series, two different Mouse Guard comics featuring Labyrinth stories, and then either four or five special Labyrinth comics with an assortment of covers produced for the 30th anniversary. And now this.

Labyrinth comic to reveal origins of the Goblin King — exclusive first look (http://ew.com/books/2017/11/14/labyrinth-comic-david-bowie/)

The entire point is to not know the backstory. It makes it mysterious and magical. This is shooting yourself in the foot.

Disclaimer: There are three original Labyrinth comics that were produced along with the movie release in ‘86. Those are legit. Those are awesome. The rest of this retrospective “oh I notice Labyrinth has developed quite a cult following how can we profit from this?” is very much not.

12-10-2017, 04:16 PM
Side note, BlackMilk’s Labyrinth clothing collection is the first one I’ve not only not hated but also genuinely like. It’s really well done and the Froud illustrations tranfer to clothing impeccably. Unfortunately BlackMilk is an Australian company which means their smallest size is a US 2 as opposed to 00 or 0, so therefore my tailor is making more of a profit from me than BlackMilk lol.

Most apparel sold out the first day (yes I had set my alarm) but seriously check out this skirt that’s still available.


And this dress that sold out


01-20-2018, 06:28 PM