Netflix is diving into 1980s fantasy with a new series. The streaming service has greenlit The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
This new series is said to be a prequel to the 1982 cult film The Dark Crystal and will feature a number of fantastical creatures created by the famous Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The film's original concept designer, Brian Froud, will also return to work on the 10-episode series.
There are already a number of interesting names attached to the series, which will begin shooting in the UK this fall. Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) has signed on to executive-produce and direct. Joining Leterrier as EPs are Lisa Henson, CEO of the Jim Henson Company, and Halle Stanford. Rita Peruggi, a longtime collaborator with the Henson Company, will produce, with Henson's Blanca Lista serving as co-executive producer.
As far as the writing is concerned, co-executive producers Jefferey Addiss and Will Matthews (Life in a Year) will head up the writers' room, alongside Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100).
Fans of the original film will no doubt be relieved to see the Jim Henson Company so heavily involved in this new version.
“Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life,” said Lisa Henson. “Netflix has a deep respect for my father’s original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world.”
Check out the teaser below and let us know what you think of a brand-new Dark Crystal.