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Understandably so, fans of 1986’s Labyrinth were a bit taken aback (and pissed, frankly) after hearing that TriStar and The Jim Henson Company would be working together to produce another film based on the cult classic. Besides the fact that they didn’t want a perfectly good property being messed around with, it seemed to be a bit insensitive timing-wise, being that legendary rocker David Bowie, who played Jareth the Goblin King, had just passed away a mere two weeks prior.  Nicole Perlman, screenwriter for Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel, noticed the discontent and took to Twitter in an effort to ease fans’ fears.

“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.”

 

Perlman seems sincere in her insistence that Labyrinth will not be “rebooted”, and that the original is “perfect the way it is.” It still seems like not the best timing in the world, but hopefully, as she promises, “any continuation of the world would be handled with love and respect.”  Just in case you’re unfamiliar with the original film, here’s the trailer and a brief plot synopsis:

Labyrinth (1986) – Teenage Sarah is left to babysit her baby brother Toby and he will not stop crying. So Sarah tries to put the baby to sleep by reading him a story. When she accidentally conjures up the Goblin King from the fantasy, he steals the baby and takes him to his castle, which is in the middle of a labyrinth. Now Sarah must solve the labyrinth by midnight, or Toby will be turned into a goblin.

Source: ComicBook

Category: Film

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