After all these years, Labyrinth still has the power of voodoo over us. Jim Henson‘s 1986 cult hit is getting a long-awaited sequel, which has been in the works under TriStar Pictures in some form since at least 2014. But after hiring Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez to helm the sequel in 2017, TriStar Pictures has found a new filmmaker to dance, magic, dance into the director’s chair. Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, who recently left Marvel over creative differences with Doctor Strange 2, has been tapped to helm the Labyrinth sequel.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch as stuntment recreate a fight scene from The Mandalorian with some low-rent props and visual effects in the middle of a dojo. Plus, Patrick (H) Willems, or rather some of his collaborators, put together a video essay on Labyrinth and the themes of capitalism in 1980s America, and you can get a lesson on how to draw a Walt Disney caricature. Read More »
Though The Muppets creator Jim Henson never officially worked on a Star Wars movie, he did work with George Lucas on the 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth. And it turns out that Neal Scanlan, the creature and special make-up effects creative supervisor for the five most recent Star Wars films, also worked on Labyrinth in the early days of his career as an effects artist.
With that cinematic connection in mind, Scanlan reveals that he and his team embedded a Labyrinth tribute in last year’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, paying homage to Henson and the movie’s big furry creature Ludo. Read More »
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Tom Hanks gets emotional about the Toy Story 4 ending.
- Fede Alvarez says that despite recent reports, the Labyrinth 2 script isn’t done.
- Tom Cruise is allegedly learning to really fly fighter jets for Top Gun 2, because of course he is.
- Peter Jackson says Tintin 2 might film next year, but we’ll believe it when we see it.
- Richard Donner offers an update on Lethal Weapon 5.
- The Jay and Silent Bob reboot will start shooting next year.
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It’s been 32 years, but the ’80s cult fantasy movie Labyrinth still has the power of voodoo over us. And just when the thought of a Labyrinth sequel had slipped our minds, director Fede Alvarez is here to remind us of the babe. The long-gestating sequel to the Jim Henson classic is finally starting to come together, Alvarez teased, confirming that a Labyrinth sequel script has been completed.
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Get ready to dance, magic, dance all over again, as a Labyrinth musical is bound for the stage. Brian Henson, son of Jim Henson and Chairman of The Jim Henson Company, says plans for a Labyrinth musical based on the cult classic film are currently underway.
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Every week in /Answers, we answer a new pop culture-related question. In this edition, tying in with the release of Ready Player One, we ask “What movie defines your childhood? What nostalgic favorite floats to the top of your brain whenever your think back on your early film fandom?”
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The end of this month will see the release of the anticipated adaptation of Ready Player One. The novel from Ernest Cline is coming to the big screen courtesy of director Steven Spielberg, who seems like the only director who could pull off a pop culture mash-up of this scale – especially with all of its key references to some of the most iconic blockbusters ever made.
Now a new set of Ready Player One posters ups the ante when it comes to mashing up nostalgic movies from decades past. Each of the posters takes the film’s digital characters and places them on the poster of a beloved movie from the past. Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, Beetlejuice, Blade Runner, The Goonies, Risky Business, and more posters were fully recreated with Ready Player One‘s game avatar characters from The OASIS. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
The first week in May will be bringing Avengers: Infinity War to theaters, but before that fans can return to a wild, weird fantasy world from the mind of Jim Henson in 1986.
In association with the Jim Henson Company and Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fathom Events is bringing the cult classic Labyrinth back to theaters for three days. Fans are encouraged to attend in costume for this event and presumably partake in the magic dance with David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King. Read More »
Passion and anguish, true love lost and mourned over oceans of time, unrequited love felt so strongly that it drives one to darkness and despair…ah, the horror of love. These sentiments may not appear in the glittery pink and red Hallmark cards littering your local supermarket, but in a year where del Toro’s strange and unusual love story The Shape of Water swept the Oscar nominations, this Valentine’s Day deserves something a little different, a little darker, a little more…gothic.
Gothic isn’t always spiderwebs and haunted mansions or that weird kid in the back of your classroom. From poetic bloodlust to loneliness so crippling you can almost feel your chest caving in, from Universal Monsters and Goblin Kings, from headless horseman to robots, the romances of this list take the phrase “it’s better to have loved and lost” to tortuous new heights. They embody the characteristics of a Victorian era genre full of mystery, desire, and the macabre, more tantalizing and real than a thousand shades of grey.
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