‘Evil Dead’ Remake Director Fede Alvarez To Revisit Jim Henson’s ‘Labyrinth’

by Erik Amaya

It’s only forever. Not long at all.
Deadline reports Fede Alvarez of Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe fame is teaming up with writer Jay Basu to create a new film within the world of Jim Henson‘s Labyrinth for TriStar Pictures. According to the report, the new project is not a remake or re-imagining of the original film, which starred Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie, but a new story that is “more like a spinoff than a sequel.” And while details are scarce, it appears Bowie’s Jareth the Goblin King will not appear in the film; which could mean this more of a sequel than anyone is letting on.
Though a cult favorite, the film was a commercial disaster and the last feature Henson would direct in his lifetime; shifting back to a producer of television shows like The Storyteller. But in the years since its 1986 release, it has gained a following strong enough to support multiple home video releases, the occasional Fathom Events screening, action figure lines, and even a board game.
Alvarez and Basu are also involved with The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Sony’s long-gestating sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and will turn their attention to Labyrinth once they’ve completed their commitment to the Lisabeth Salander series. And since TriStar is a division of Sony, one imagines they see it is worth keeping Alvarez around to helm their films. They presumably also see franchise potential with Labyrinth. Of course, we always wonder if these culty favorites really hold the wide appeal 20 or 30 years of history seems to convey. Indeed, Blade Runner 2049 proved to be slightly more appealing at release than its predecessor, a notorious 1982 bomb that only became a valued Warner Bros. asset thanks to home video. Labyrinth followed a similar map. But if it means Alvarez’s Labyrinth could turn out to be as creatively successful as Blade Runner 2049, we’ll be happy to have the expansion even if it just a one-off thing.

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