A Labyrinth sequel is happening and there’s nothing we can do about it

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We feared this day would come. We saw it happen time and time again, and we asked, pleaded, cajoled: continue with your relentless remakes, reboots, sequels and prequels, but for the love of all that’s tight of trouser, please leave Labyrinth alone.

But, almost as if Hollywood somehow managed to ignore our eloquent and fantastically objective open letter on this very subject, it turns out nothing is sacred and one of the most precious gems of the 1980s film world now faces a sequel.

Well, at least it’s not a remake, eh?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fede Alvarez will write and direct the new film, working with writer Jay Basu, with whom he’s currently working on The Girl in the Spider’s Web (sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).

In news that makes us feel slightly better, Lisa Henson, daughter of Jim Henson and CEO of The Jim Henson Company, is set to produce.

The fantasy flick, originally released in 1986, starred Jennifer Connelly as teenager Sarah, who, bored with babysitting baby brother Toby, melodramatically wishes him kidnapped by the goblin king. King Jareth (David Bowie) duly obliges and her only hope is to make her way through the confusing and magical labyrinth to Jareth’s castle.

It was directed by Jim Henson and executive produced by George Lucas, while the screenplay was written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

The Hollywood Reporter cites industry insiders who stress that the new film is a continuation of the story and not a remake, also revealing the character of Jareth will not be involved – because frankly, who else could possibly pull off the sinister and hilarious juggling of glass balls in anywhere near the same way?

There’s no word yet on the likes of Ludo, Sir Didymus, riddling door guards, tiny worms, women tempting travellers into rubbish tips or Haggle (sorry, Hoggle) turning up, but with the Henson lot involved we’re sure there’ll be lots of bizarre and slightly terrifying characters to come.

Hey, we’re open to new things, honest. Much as Sarah changes her mind and decides it’s probably worth rescuing her little brother after all, we too can learn to tolerate that which first appears to be nothing more than a squalling filled nappy. Promise.

Fingers crossed…

Images: Rex Features


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Amy Swales

Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.