Scott Derrickson To Direct Sequel To Jim Henson’s ‘Labyrinth’
Scott Derrickson is one of the most prolific filmmakers in modern-day Hollywood. His résumé boasts a bevy of box office successes including The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Marvel’s Doctor Strange. As first reported by Deadline, the director will next tackle the sequel to one of the most discussed films in cinematic history, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth from TriStar Pictures.
The original 1986 film has become a cult classic over the last 30+ years. Starring the late David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, Labyrinth revolves around 16-year-old Sarah’s quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby. However, it was Sarah who initially wishes Toby away to Jareth the Goblin King, played by Bowie. The feature was the last film directed by Henson and proved to be a box office disappointment. However, the film went on to take on a second life with a large cult following. Furthermore, a four-volume comic sequel Return to Labyrinth ran from 2006 and 2010.
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The sequel will reportedly be penned by Maggie Levin. Best known for her Blumhouse’s Into the Dark horror anthology series, Levin recently directed My Valentine for Hulu. Derrickson will direct the feature with Jim Henson’s children Lisa and Brian Henson attached to produce.
Derrickson made news late last year after it was revealed that he dropped out of Marvel’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness. Citing creative difference with Marvel Derrickson transitioned into an executive producer role with Spider-Man (2002) director Sam Raimi serving as his replacement.
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