Well, the timing couldn't suck more, since music legend David Bowie recently passed away, but it was announced that Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman has been hired to pen a new Labyrinth movie.
And the good news is: NOT. A. REBOOT.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, TriStar has closed a deal with The Jim Henson Co. to produce a new iteration of the 1986 movie that starred Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King and Jennifer Connelly as 15-year-old Sarah, a teenage girl who has to navigate her way through a labyrinth with the help of fantastical creatures in order to save her baby brother kidnapped by said Goblin King. The script was penned by Monty Python’s Terry Jones and was executive-produced by George Lucas.
The movie was a huge financial disappointment at the time of its initial release 30 years ago -- Labyrinth only made a paltry $12.7 million on a budget of $25 million -- and it was the last movie directed by Henson. But as the years followed, the movie gained in popularity and became a beloved cult classic.
Here’s what Perlman (who is set to co-write Captain Marvel with Inside Out scribe Meg LeFauve) said about the new Labyrinth movie in a series of tweets: “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.”
What do you think about a new Labyrinth movie? Do you think they should recast the role of Jareth (I personally don't know about that, because Bowie was so awesome in the role) or perhaps use a now grown-up baby Toby as the new Goblin King?