Are you ready to travel back in time to a fantasy world from your childhood? On Thursday, Netflix announced that they would be teaming up with the Jim Henson Company on a new prequel series to the 1982 classic film, The Dark Crystal.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a 10 episode series set many years prior to the 1982 film. According to a press release from Netflix and The Jim Henson Company, “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.”
Brian Froud, conceptual designer from the original film, is on board once again to team up with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to create state-of-the-art puppet style creatures for the series. Louis Letterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) will direct the series as well as executive produce along with Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews and Javier Grillo-Marxuach will write for the series as well as executive produce.
Netflix released a brief teaser trailer showing some flashbacks to the development of the original film as well as some behind the scenes shots of the new puppets and characters being developed. Check it out:
In the press release announcing the series, Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content said the following:
“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. 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 added accolades for director Leterrier as well as to Netflix for their respect for her father, Jim Henson’s, work:
“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. 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.”
There is no word yet on a release date however, the series is expected to begin filming this fall in the U.K.
What do you think of a prequel series to The Dark Crystal? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!