Just when you thought it was safe to let your baby brother take a nap, news has come out that the Goblin King will be back on the big screen! That’s right, Labyrinth is getting a sequel from the only people in the world that could do it justice, the Jim Henson Company. Variety buried this golden sequel nugget at the bottom of an announcement concerning Billy Crystal‘s involvement in another Henson project, Which Witch.

Here’s the section that spilled the Labyrinth sequel beans:

It [the Jim Henson company] is also working on a quartet of legacy titles in the Henson library — a Fraggle Rock movie that’s been in development at New Regency; a sequel to 1982’s The Dark Crystal; a sequel to 1986’s Labyrinth; and a movie based on the Emmet Otter character.

The first thing that everyone will be wondering is:

Will David Bowie be back as Jareth the Goblin King? Seriously, this movie can’t happen without him in some capacity. Gotta have new music with Bowie singing as well! My next thought was:

“What about the original baby?”

Toby Froud played that famous baby. He’s all grown up and making his own movies with Henson’s daughter Heather now.


If you didn’t already know, Toby’s father is Brian Froud who helped design the characters and worlds for Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. Froud recently did an interview with On the Town and had some interesting answers to some questions I’m sure most of us would ask him if we ever got the chance to meet him face to face.

Have you met David Bowie since?
I wish I had. I grew up a huge fan of his music—and knowing I sat in his lap! I believe the first time I met him, I peed on him, but I haven’t met him since.

Tell us about your parents, because, in a way, you were raised by goblins, or at least goblin makers.
[Laughs] I was. My parents, Brian and Wendy Froud, are synonymous with faeries and goblins and fantasy and have created such magical worlds.

What was the exact nature of their contribution to Labyrinth or The Dark Crystal?
Brian Froud was brought on to The Dark Crystal after Jim saw The Land of Froud book that my father had done. He was brought on to collaborate and design the world you saw on screen. He would draw, paint, and create these characters from different angles.

Jim and the crew would come to my father with puppet ideas, how puppets could move and perform, and my father would design around that movement, or vice versa.

Again on Labyrinth, he designed the characters and creatures and landscape for that.

What was your favorite song and favorite scene in Labryinth?
My favorite song: many might think it’s “Dance Magic,” but actually my favorite song is “As the World Falls Down” from the ballroom scene—a very dream like song as part of growing up, I feel.

My favorite scene is the Oubliette: when Hoggle shows Sarah the way out, he puts the door on the wall and opens it one way and it’s a broom closet. He closes it and opens it the other way, and the tunnel through to the outside appears. It really is a wonderful piece of live action timing, done right in front of the camera. It may seem like a small part, but I just love it.


We reached out to Toby on Twitter to see what he might know about it and received this response:

Hopefully once things get rolling with the production we and Toby will know more!

What do you think? Is it time to travel back to the world of Labyrinth? I have to say that it’s refreshing to hear that it will be a sequel and not a reboot like the Ghostbusters news from yesterday.


Via: The Mary Sue

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