Now then, here’s some pretty exciting movie news for 80s kids everywhere: there’s going to be a sequel to the David Bowie film, Labyrinth!
I dare say that it is the news that many of you have been waiting to hear for quite some time (even if you didn’t think you were). First released in 1986, the movie, which first introduced us to David Bowie’s Goblin King, turned Jennifer Connelly into a star and left is wondering just what baby Toby looked like when he grew up, is finally getting itself a follow-up 31 years after the original was released.
My god, 31 years ago.
The website Deadline confirmed the news, saying that Don’t Breathe’s Fede Alvarez is on board to direct as well as co-write the script with British screenwriter Jay Basu.
‘Labyrinth is one of the seminal movies of my childhood that made me fall in love with filmmaking’ said Alvarez.
‘I couldn’t be more thrilled to expand on Jim Henson’s mesmerising universe, and take a new generation of moviegoers back into the Labyrinth.’
The original movie was the last film to be directed by the Muppets impresario Jim Henson before his untimely death in 1990.
The original starred Connelly as teenager Sarah Williams, who has to rescue her baby brother Toby from the clutches of Jareth the Goblin King (played by David Bowie) by solving his titular Labyrinth – before he turns her brother into a goblin forever. No pressure then.
However Jareth will reportedly not feature in the sequel, which of course means that no one will be given the task of taking the role over from Bowie, who died in January 2016. The film will reportedly be telling a new story set within the same universe rather than a straight sequel.
It may be a long time coming, however, as Alvarez and Basu are currently working on another project, the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo sequel: The Girl In The Spider’s Web.
But we reckon it will be worth the wait.