The Jim Henson Company is finally taking us back to the Labryinth universe.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, TriStar recently closed a deal to produce a new version of the 1986 classic, which starred the recently deceased David Bowie.
Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman is slated to write the script, which has been in development since 2014. Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Company will produce, with Nicole Brown of TriStar overseeing the project.
Response to the news was largely critical. The Jim Henson directed and George Lucas produced film performed poorly at the box-office during its initial release, but has since grown a significant following. It’s that following who have shown the most skepticism over re-entering what is seen as an irreplaceable (and unrebootable) classic. The timing of the studio’s decision to act on the project is also coming under fire.
It’s unclear how the trippy fantasy adventure will be coming back to the big screen, though Perlman tweeted out that it wouldn’t be a reboot, as initially reported. Perlman also commented on fans’ dismay with the news being so close to Bowie’s widely mourned death.
Labyrinth originally starred Jennifer Connelly as a teenager who must navigate a wondrously bizarre maze in order to save her brother from evil goblin puppets and their goblin king, played Bowie.