One door closes, and another opens I suppose. But for former Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness helmer Scott Derrickson, this new door leads to a maze.
Months after leaving the upcoming Marvel project due to creative differences, he’s now got a much a bigger task ahead of him: reviving and expanding the iconic world that Jim Henson created within Labyrinth 34 years ago.
According to Deadline, the director – who’s early career consisted of almost entirely horror films – has signed on to direct the fantasy sequel for TriStar Pictures. Maggie Levin, whose previous credits include this year’s Valentine’s Day themed episode of Hulu and Blumhouse’s Into the Dark, My Valentine, is attached to write the project. Henson’s children, Lisa and Brian, are attached to produce.
In the decades since the film’s release, it’s acquired quite a cult following, so it was only inevitable that fans would be given the opportunity to return to this world and these characters.
In addition to being directed by Henson, it was also produced by George Lucas, and follows a teenage girl (played by a teenage Jennifer Connelly) who must travel through a maze to find her baby brother who’s been kidnapped by the absolutely absurd Goblin King (played by David Bowie, at the height of his career).
At this time it’s not known whether Connelly will return, or how the film might follow the original considering that Bowie passed away in 2016.
Derrickson seems to be quite a busy director since his departure from the MCU. He’s also currently developing a film about the Bermuda Triangle for Skydance, so it’s not exactly clear when production on Labyrinth‘s sequel may start.
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