It's been more than a year since we heard that director Fede Alvarez (Don't Breathe) had teamed up with Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Company to develop a continuation of Labyrinth, the cult classic fantasy tale about a young girl (Jennifer Connelly) who enters a strange world to retrieve her baby brother from a Goblin King (David Bowie). In the months since that news, we've seen new Labyrinth comics emerge, heard the film might be adapted for the stage, and more, but we've heard very little about the new film itself.
Now, Alvarez is providing us with a brief but interesting update. Speaking to Fandango about his new film The Girl in the Spider's Web, Alvarez revealed that he'd just touched based with Henson again, and that while we still don't know when we might see the next chapter of Labyrinth, the project at least has a script.
“I was actually having lunch yesterday with Lisa Henson and we reconnected with that project,” Alvarez revealed. “We're very excited about it. It is basically a direct continuation of the first movie many years later, and I can't tell you much more about it... but we have a script, and we're very excited about it so we'll see where that goes. Like always, it takes time and effort to put those movies together because they're larger than life. But that's one of the projects that I'm very excited about.”
The original Labyrinth film did not initially have the same kind of overwhelming response it gets now from fans, but over time it became one of the most recognizable and beloved cult classics to emerge from the 1980s. It's spawned attempts at continuing the story in various ways on the page before, but it's never returned to the screen. Now, in an era of peak nostalgia, the Jim Henson Company seems determined to make that happen, and while Alvarez is excited to be a part of the journey, he does seem to be a bit too cautious to declare we're definitely going to see the film.
“You never know, and really right now, I'm just finishing with this film so I'm not even thinking about what I'm going to do next," he said. "But all I can tell you is that I had lunch with [Henson] yesterday and it was great.”
Sadly, that's all we have right now. No release date, no potential casting, and no potential start date for production. There is, however, a script and an intriguing director, so perhaps the future of Labyrinth will be decided very soon.