Just days after the tragic passing of film and music icon David Bowie, one of the actor's most beloved movies is getting the remake treatment. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Tri-Star has closed a deal with The Jim Henson Company for a remake of Labyrinth. Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman has signed on to write the screenplay, although no director is attached at this time.
The original Labyrinth centered on a young teenager (Jennifer Connelly) who is given just 13 hours to navigate a complicated maze in order to save her little brother, after her wish to take him away is granted by the Goblin King (David Bowie). The supporting cast was rounded out by Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson, Christopher Malcolm, Natalie Finland, Shari Weiser and Brian Henson. The original film only made $12 million at the box office and was plagued by negative reviews at the time, but it went on to become a cult classic several years later.
The film also marked Jim Henson's final foray as a director, with a script from Monty Python member Terry Jones, based on a story by Jim Henson and Dennis Lee. George Lucas also served as an executive producer. It isn't known if this remake will significantly alter the story or not.
The Jim Henson Company's Lisa Henson will executive produce, with Tri-Star's Nicole Brown overseeing the project. No production schedule was given at this time, and it isn't known if the studio is actively seeking a director now, or if they are waiting for Nicole Perlman to complete the screenplay. It also isn't known if George Lucas will be involved at all in the remake, but that seems unlikely.
Nicole Perlman was a product of Marvel's writing program, where she wrote the first draft of Guardians of the Galaxy. She also performed uncredited script doctoring work on Thor. Last year, she signed on to co-write Captain Marvel alongside Meg LeFauve (Inside Out). What do you think of a Labyrinth remake moving forward?