Labyrinth reboot signs Don’t Breathe’s Fede Alvarez to direct
First announced in early 2016, TriStar Pictures‘ Labyrinth reboot has at last found a director, which Deadline reports will be Evil Dead remake and Don’t Breathe helmer Fede Alvarez. His first two films were for Sony Pictures (TriStar’s parent company), and he’s currently working on the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo reboot The Girl in the Spider’s Web for Sony as well.
While Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman was initially brought aboard to supply the screenplay, Alvarez is bringing in his Spider’s Web scribe Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) to co-write the film with him. The Labyrinth reboot will not be a remake, but it will take place within the same universe as the original film, making it possibly more of a spin-off than a sequel.
“’Labyrinth’ is one of the seminal movies from my childhood that made me fall in love with filmmaking,” said Alvarez. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to expand on Jim Henson’s mesmerizing universe, and take a new generation of moviegoers back into the Labyrinth.”
Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy classic Labyrinth starred Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie. Scripted by Terry Jones from a story by Dennis Lee, the original Labyrinth was the final project from Henson. Connelly plays a young woman, Sarah, who accidentally offers up her baby brother to the Goblin King, Jareth (Bowie). To rescue the child, Sarah must navigate a fantastical world of creatures and magic until she can ultimately face off against Jareth himself.
The Henson Company‘s Lisa Henson will produce the Labyrinth reboot, which Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar.
Back in 2013, it was reported that Walt Disney Pictures was developing their own film titled Labyrinth. Although that project is not connected to the Henson film, it is said to follow a similar storyline with the central protagonist being a princess who has to traverse a dangerous maze in order to save her father. The current status of Disney’s Labyrinth project is unknown.
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