Cult classic The Dark Crystal is getting the Netflix treatment as the streaming behemoth has announced their plans for a ten-episode prequel series.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is set many years before the events of the film that was directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. According to Variety, 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."
Production is due to start in the UK late this year with Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me) onboard to direct the series and serve as an executive producer. Netflix's Cindy Holland spoke passionately about the forthcoming prequel series in a brief statement.
"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;
"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."
Like millions of fans all over the world, The Dark Crystal holds a special place in my heart along with just about everything that came out of Jim Henson's magical workshop. Over the years, there have been rumours of a sequel, threats of a remake, yet for all the near misses nothing materialised. Some fans might say that it's a good thing we didn't get a follow-up, but the rich world of the Dark Crystal is ripe for revisiting if it's done the right way.
The advancement in digital technology will undoubtedly aid in enhancing the world of Thra. But it is very reassuring to hear that practical effects and puppetry will still be the heart and soul of the project.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be available on Netflix sometime in 2018.