Before there was David Bowie and David Bowie’s extremely tight pants in 1986’s Labyrinth, there were Jen and Kira and the planet Thra in The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s groundbreaking animatronic fantasy film. While the movie was in production, Henson and Oz discussed plans for a sequel that never came to fruition. Decades later, Henson and his wife drafted a script from his recalled conversations with his co-director, and titled it The Power of the Dark Crystal. The movie was never made, but fans will get to see it after all in comic book form from BOOM! Studios.
Did you know that Labyrinth wasn’t originally conceived as a musical? Jim Henson only added songs to his fantasy film after he cast rock star David Bowie as Jareth. If you’re gonna have David Bowie playing the part, you might as well get the full Bowie. That’s just one of the an entire web of facts featured in the last episode of You Think You Know Movies!
It was less than two weeks ago that David Bowie passed away, presumably returning to the great, wide, weird galaxies of space from which he came — which makes this particular bit of news TOO SOON. Tri-Star and Jim Henson Co. are rebooting Labyrinth, Jim Henson’s classic 1986 fantasy film that introduced an entire generation of oblivious kids to the magic of David Bowie. On the good news side of things, Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman has been tapped to write the screenplay. So that’s something? Maybe?
For years now, the Jim Henson Company has been working on getting a very different kind of puppet movie to the big screen. Brian Henson has gotten a second chance at making The Happytime Murders, which has been in various stages of development since 2008. Described as Avenue Q meets L.A. Confidential, The Happytime Murders has been one of the trickier projects to get off the ground, but the son of the late, legendary Jim Henson may have better luck this time around.
'Sesame Street' star Big Bird has gone from children's television star to internet sensation over night, thanks to recent statements by Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential debate. The guy even got to go on 'SNL' this past weekend for Seth Meyer's latest edition of Weekend Update. In short, everyone was reminded that we can't get enough of Big Bird, which is why now is the perfect time to gawk over this early concept art of him and his fellow 'Sesame Street' castmates.
The Jim Henson Company is creating a new line of puppets for an upcoming TV pilot -- and apparently they're not Muppets. In fact, we're not exactly sure what they're going to be yet.