Not only is the magic-dance filled Labyrinth returning to theaters with a remastered version, but it might be getting the full theatrical musical treatment as well.
In an interview with Forbes, Brian Henson, son of the legendary Labyrinth director (and Muppets creator) Jim Henson, mentions that while a sequel to the cult-classic movie is still moving forward very, very slowly, a live theatrical version of Labyrinth could be coming much sooner.
After giving a short update on the possible sequel, Henson says, "We are working on a theatrical adaptation of the original movie for the stage. Those are the two areas of excitement for the Labyrinth property that we have. We are working on both of those but I certainly don't have a timeline for them."
When asked if it would be a musical for Broadway, Henson says, "Not necessarily Broadway, it could be for London's West End, but it will be a stage show, a big theatrical version. It's very exciting."
There you have it: Labyrinth is returning to movie theaters, it's expanded into comics, it could get a sequel, and it could also become a living, breathing theatrical experience.
Broadway might not be the plan at first, but that doesn't mean that it couldn't end up there at some point. Plenty of plays and musicals based on giant properties start in the West End— Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one example that has recently transferred to Broadway. The insanely large musical based on The Lord of the Rings initially opened in Toronto before opening in London at the Drury Lane— that show never came to Broadway, though tepid reviews and an extremely high running cost were the probable causes.
Famous Broadway shows like Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera began in the West End before transferring over, and Phantom is still running almost 30 years later. A well-received Labyrinth musical could potentially do the same— we'll just have to wait and see. The real question is this: Who, if anyone, could ever fill the Goblin King shoes of David Bowie?
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