Do we really need a sequel to the 1986 cult Jim Henson film Labyrinth? Well..maybe?
Deadline reports that Evil Dead & Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez has been tapped by TriStar to helm what is being described as “more like a spinoff than a sequel” of what was Henson’s last film. Alvarez will start production on the unnamed Labyrinth project in the Fall, after he finishes The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Casting has already begun, so expect some big news on that front in the weeks to come.
But who would/could fill David Bowie’s pointy shoes as Jareth the Goblin King in this new flick? Benedict Cumberbatch would just be too damn easy, right?
And will Alvarez be bringing his horror chops to this project to make a somewhat darker interpretation of the Labyrinth universe?
Last point: why do these movie companies keep rebooting (yeah, I’m using the “R” word) the older (but not that older) properties? Answer: because they get a guaranteed # of $ and publicity, unless the picture is a real stinkeroo. “Spinning off” or sequeling or whatever Labyrinth (or Evil Dead, for that matter) has a certain “instant cachet.” That’s why they keep doing it. And once in a while, it even works.