The buzz around The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Netflix's prequel series to Jim Henson's cult '80s fantasy film, has been spurred on by its epic cast and beloved pop culture status. Directed by Louis Leterrier and starring the likes of Mark Hamill, Taron Egerton, Keegan-Michael Key, Andy Samberg, Simon Pegg, Jason Isaacs, Anya Taylor-Joy, Helena Bonham-Carter, Natalie Dormer, Toby Jones, Eddie Izzard, Mark Strong, and Alicia Vikander (phew), puppets are back in a big, big way. The show's tie-in products — making-of books, comic adaptations, and more — have already been capitalizing on the upcoming series from co-creators Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews and writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, which has fans in a fuss thanks to its first teaser.
Now, the series has hit its first San Diego Comic-Con, revealing plenty of new details about the series in a press conference today. SYFY WIRE attended the panel, which featured producer Lisa Henson, Egerton, and Leterrier, and brought us all back to Thra. It seems we'll be here a little longer, too, thanks to a newly announced documentary revealing the impressive amount of behind-the-scenes work.
You can see some of the incredible craftsmanship and artistry in the featurette below, released today by Netflix:
While details were light on when the doc would be released, those in attendance were ready and willing to talk plenty about the show itself.
Edgerton explained that he'd been a fan of the franchise since childhood and confirmed — pleasing Rocketman fans — that he would be singing in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. But even Edgerton's dulcet tones couldn't keep the series bright and sunny. "There is a melancholy to it," Egerton said, "It's part of its charm." Henson then explained that the villains of the series weren't based on anyone in the present day — in fact, their biggest touchstone were the "Roman conquerors" that appropriated all that they could take from the different cultures they overwhelmed.
Leterrier emphasized the amount of action in the film, with most of it fully and physically built. "85-90% of what you see," he said, is real. Sets and puppets were tweaked, thanks to camera moves and other tricks, but almost everything was practical. Egerton and Pegg were two of the cast that came to visit the set, but Leterrier was clear that the voice recording all took place after filming so that the actors could match the action done by "every working puppeteer in England," according to Henson. In fact, one of the people helping with his father's designs is none other than Toby Froud, also known as baby Toby from Labyrinth. Henson explained that "the whole Froud DNA from the original film" was present in the prequel.
The character designs and puppets themselves were created long before casting began, as the show's been a labor of love in development for years at Netflix. And soon enough, the entire trip to the screen will be captured in the new documentary.
All 10 episodes of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance are set to hit Netflix on Aug. 30.
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