The UNTITLED LABYRINTH SPINOFF of Jim Henson’s 1986 cult classic has found its director in Fede Alvarez, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Jay Basu will write the script for the project, which is a co-production between TriStar and The Jim Henson Co.
The original film, which was the last Henson directed before his death, followed a young girl (Jennifer Connelly) who has to find her way through a maze to save her infant brother from Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie), after wishing him away. It has since become a popular film with a cult following.
This new project will not include Bowie’s Goblin King character and is considered to be more of a spinoff and exploration of the universe, rather than a direct sequel to the original story.
Alvarez and Basu will develop the film after The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which the duo is currently in early pre-production on, with casting and production expected to begin later this year.
Lisa Henson will produce the film, while Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar.
Basu is also working on the current draft of Dante’s Inferno as well as Universal’s adaptation of Red Queen, which Elizabeth Banks is directing. He’s repped by UTA, 42 in the U.K., and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor