David Bowie’s LABYRINTH is Getting a Reboot
Innovative and legendary musician David Bowie passed away two weeks ago, and now the beloved 1986 Bowie-starrer – Labyrinth – is being rebooted, THR reports. Executive produced by Star Wars’ George Lucas and directed by Jim Henson, the dearly departed creator of the Muppets, Labyrinth was a box-office disappointment in its original release and only developed a following in later years. Sony’s TriStar has reached a deal with The Jim Henson Co. to bring the magical adventure back to the big screen, and Nicole Perlman – co-writer of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming female-led Captain Marvel – is on board to write the screenplay.
In the original telling, the teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) had to navigate a bizarre and wondrous maze in order to save her kidnapped brother from Jareth the Goblin King (Bowie). It’s currently unknown if the redo will be a direct sequel or an altogether remake, though it should be noted Sony has outright rebooted Total Recall, Robocop, and Spider-Man in recent years, and the studio is releasing an all-female Ghostbusters reboot this Summer and a Jumanji reboot next Christmas. In its favor, the new Labyrinth project will be produced by The Henson Co.’s Lisa Henson, daughter of Jim Henson.
There is currently no marked release date.
Update: Screenwriter Nicole Perlman addressed the news via four tweets, stating:
“Not ‘rebooting’ anything, guys. Henson Co & I started talking in late 2014, so the timing of these rumors is so upsetting. I would never seek to profit from Bowie’s death. Labyrinth is my favorite film from childhood, so I share your concerns that any continuation of the world be handled with love and respect. Guys, please don’t fall for all the clickbait. No one is remaking ‘Labyrinth.’ That movie is perfect as it is.”