Fede Alvarez On To Make Labyrinth Spin-Off

Fede Alvarez

by James White |
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In January of last year, the news broke that Sony's TriStar arm was developing a new film set in the world of 1986's fantasy adventure Labyrinth, with Guardians Of The Galaxy original writer Nicole Perlman attached to write the script. Things have moved on since then, and now Evil Dead remake and Don't Breathe director Fede Alvarez is in charge of the movie.

Alvarez and regular co-writer Jay Basu are working on a story for the new film (Basu will go on and crank out the actual script) that is set within the world that Jim Henson created in the original. They and the studio are being clear that this won't be a remake, re-imagining or re-working of Henson's film (which saw a young Jennifer Connelly heading into the maze-like realm to reclaim her young brother from the Goblin King Jareth, brought to life by David Bowie), but instead simply re-visit the universe for a new story.

"Labyrinth is one of the seminal movies from my childhood that made me fall in love with filmmaking," Alvarez tells Deadline. "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.”

It'll have to wait, though, as Alvarez and Basu are currently at work on the new Lisbeth Salander film, The Girl In The Spider's Web, which will shoot this year for a 2018 release slot.

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