To the great relief of fans of music, movies, and 80s nostalgia everywhere, screenwriter Nicole Perlman (who co-wrote Guardians of the Galaxy and is tapped to write the upcoming Captain Marvel film) took to Twitter to clarify some rumours about the upcoming Labyrinth movie. The Hollywood Reporter announced earlier this week (January 22) that TriStar had recently closed a deal with The Jim Henson Co. to make a "new iteration" of the classic 1980s film, to be written by Perlman. When the news first broke, it was unclear if the "new iteration" would be a sequel or a reboot and many believed the later to be the case. This did not sit well with fans of the original, who called the possibility of a rebooot "unnecessary", and a "thing that should be illegal".
Another issue that struck a nerve with fans was the timing of the announcement. David Bowie, who made the role of the Goblin King as iconic as it was, passed away less than two weeks news of the new version hit the internet. Many fans called the news "in poor taste" and disrespectful.
Thankfully, Perlman sent out some exceptionally encouraging tweets, clarifying the timing of the project, and the type of film she's writing. She told fans that Labyrinth is her "favorite film from childhood" and that she shares the concerns fans have how the work is treated. Perlman implored readers not to "fall for the clickbait", and very accurately pointed out that Labyrinth is "perfect as it is".https://twitter.com/Uncannygirl/status/690695124146266112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw https://twitter.com/Uncannygirl/status/691036873523769345 https://twitter.com/Uncannygirl/status/691036950074032129 https://twitter.com/Uncannygirl/status/691334213430161408
The original Labyrinth was released in 1986 to little success, but grew into a cult classic thanks to its release on VHS. It was directed by Jim Henson, and starred the late David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King and Jennifer Connelly, as 15-year old Sarah who finds herself on an adventure as she tries to rescue her infant brother from Jareth's grasp. The movie was produced by George Lucas, and the script was written by Monty Python's Terry Jones.