They're Rebooting the Classic Fantasy Movie Labyrinth, But Who Can Replace Bowie?

Illustration for article titled Theyre Rebooting the Classic Fantasy Movie iLabyrinth, /iBut Who Can Replace Bowie?

Mere days after the sad passing of the film’s star, David Bowie, Hollywood is set to reboot one of his most famous films: Labyrinth. Sony Pictures and the Jim Henson Company will produce the reboot, with Nicole Perlman, co-writer of Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel, writing.

Advertisement

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “It is unclear if the new take is a re-imagining of the story or a sequel, as the new take is being kept deep in the vault.” Either way would obviously work, since the world created by Henson back in 1986 was a rich and vibrant one with tons of potential.

The first film was about a young girl (Jennifer Connelly) who went into a magical, mystical world and had to traverse a maze to save her brother from the Goblin King (Bowie). It was the final film Jim Henson ever directed and its unique aesthetic inspired a legion of filmmakers and artists.

Advertisement

A reboot could tell that story again, or another story of another child sucked into a similar situation. That’s up to Perlman, who co-wrote Guardians of the Galaxy with James Gunn and also wrote the upcoming Captain Marvel with Inside Out writer Meg LeFauve.

[Hollywood Reporter]


Contact the author at germain@io9.com.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

bartlebyfarrell
Bartleby Farrell

They’ll probably cast Chris Pratt or Tom Hardy since they’re practically in every movie anyway.
No one will replace Bowie, but I could see Jonathan Rhys Meyer or Cillian Murphy doing really interesting performances in the role. Or they could go all in and cast Tilda Swinton. That would be awesome.