After a yr spent in production hell, Jim Henson enthusiasts will at last be getting a dark Crystal sequel, just in a different kind than they have been anticipating.
growth! Studios introduced Monday that the long-awaited story the ability of the darkish Crystal can be adapted right into a 12-problem comic series, in response to an unproduced screenplay.
The series will decide up years after the events of the first movie, with Jen and Kira now as an out-of-touch king and queen and some other threat to the world from one of the crystal shards. It introduces a brand new character, named Thurma.
“Thurma is a young Fireling tasked with stealing a shard of the dark Crystal to revive energy to her realm,” the legit synopsis says. “along the way she’ll befriend the younger Gelfling Kensho, by chance convey back the Skeksis and Mystics, and embark on one fantastic journey.”
British writer Simon Spurrier, known for Cry Havoc and his work on a up to date run of X-pressure shall be adapting the script, which was once written by means of David Odell, who wrote the unique, Annette Odell, and Craig Pearce.
The sequel’s production has been troubled for many years. When Henson was once still alive, he had written down some ideas for a sequel. In 2005, the sequel used to be formally announced however has been put on hiatus a large number of occasions given that.
The film has been connected to people reminiscent of Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory and hotel Transylvania) and Australian indie filmmaker Shane Abbess. Abbess has been one of the few who’s long past on the document about his problems with the manufacturing, stating in a Guardian interview ultimate 12 months that he believed the producers didn’t care about Henson’s intentions for the sequel.
“after I cease The dark Crystal it was once as a result of I’d fallen in love with Jim’s handwritten notes on what his sequel thought was,” he said. “All i wished to do, for the fanatics and myself, used to be shoot his model of the movie. however nobody gave a shit about what Jim Henson wanted.”
while The darkish Crystal has turn into a cult success years after its free up in 1982, on the time, it garnered a mixed response from critics. It’s high myth, bleak, and dense with lore so that it received’t attraction to each person. This might give an explanation for the hesitancy from producers on the sequel. alternatively, because of this cult attraction, the Henson company wanted to make sure the story received out to the public in some form.
“The creativity that went into writing and designing the function film was such that we needed our enthusiasts so to see and enjoy it now thru this comedian e-book collection,” mentioned Lisa Henson, President, and CEO of the Jim Henson company. “we’re very proud of the story that the screenwriters David Odell, Annette Odell, and Craig Pearce wrote. Our partners at Archaia and growth! Studios are the only folks we could belief to extend and illustrate the story, and we are extremely joyful that it will quickly see the light of day!”
the first difficulty of the ability of the darkish Crystal might be launched digitally and in comic retailers Feb. 15, 2017, simply in time for the movie’s 25th anniversary.