The follow-up to Labyrinth has found a new director. According to Deadline, Doctor Strange’s Scott Derrickson will be directing the sequel to Jim Henson’s 1980s fantasy film, which famously starred David Bowie as a villainous Goblin King.
Stories about a Labyrinth reboot or sequel have been circulating since Bowie’s death in January 2016, when it was said that Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman would write the script. Later, it was announced that filmmaker Fede Albvarez would be director, but he stepped down in April this year.
Now, Derrickson is set to direct and executive produce the film. Maggie Levin, who wrote and directed Hulu’s Into the Dark: My Valentine, will write the script. Lisa Henson, the daughter of the original film’s director, is producing the sequel, alongside TriStar Pictures.
Released in 1986, Labyrinth starred a young Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, a teenager who journeyed into a magical realm to save her brother after he’s kidnapped by Bowie’s Goblin King Jareth. She also encounters a bunch of musical puppets along the way.
Since its release, the film’s maintained a large cult following, leading to a host of related novels, comic books, and an annual Labyrinth-themed masquerade ball in LA, which is considered one of the largest in the world.