Despite the uproar over the idea, when it was announced January of last year, a reboot of Jim Henson 1986 classic fantasy movie Labyrinth is still happening. The new movie is moving forward with director Fede Alvarez, who is best known for horror films Don’t Breath and The Evil Dead remake.
According to Variety, the new Labyrinth movie won’t go into development until after Alvarez has completed with The Girl in The Spider Web set to release in 2018, which is a sequel to the The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
The original film followed a 16-year old girl was is given 13 hours to solve a massive labyrinth and rescue her baby brother whom she carelessly wished away to The Goblin King.
Understandably so, fans of 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 also seemed to be a bit insensitive given the passing of legendary rocker David Bowie, who played Jareth the Goblin King.
Nicole Perlman, screenwriter for Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel, noticed the discontent and had taken to Twitter in an effort to ease fans’ fears, stating
“Not ‘rebooting’ anything, guys. 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”. It seems efforts are being made to continue on in the same universe. How would that work without David Bowie as The Goblin King? Well, the character has been shown to shape shift into an owl, so why not morph into another person? The Goblin King even states he turns the world upside just to win over the lasting affection of Sarah. So he has the ability to reshape his world, and himself.
So anyone can play the Goblin King. Of course, David Bowie did such a wonderful job that imagining anyone else in the role is just nonsense.
As far as Alvarez landing the directing gig, having someone known for horror and creating tension seems an unfitting choice for such a family friendly property.