A prequel series to The Dark Crystal is in the works at Netflix.
The classic 80’s fantasy film from Jim Henson will be returning to screens thanks to Netflix in the guise of a 10 episode prequel TV series.
Titled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the show will take place many years before the much loved 1982 film, and is to be shot in the UK this fall.
The series will star an ensemble of the fantastical creatures fans remember from the film, all created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and Bryan Froud, who was the conceptual designer on the original film.
The announcement came along with a short but nostalgic teaser for the project.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.
Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) will executive produce the series and direct. Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Life in a Year), and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100) will have the writing duties, and The Jim Henson Company will be producing.
“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”
Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company has said, “Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life,”
Henson also added that “Netflix has a deep respect for my father’s original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world.”