Daybreakers Directors Helm The Dark Crystal Sequel, Promise Puppets

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Great flying Gelflings: The Dark Crystal sequel just announced a big shake-up. Rumored director Genndy Tartakovsky has been replaced with the Daybreakers team, the Spierig brothers. But at least the brothers promise puppets and an amazing creative team.

The Henson Company just twitter announced the two directors picked to direct the new Dark Crystal sequel.

Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig, writers and directors of “Undead” and most recently, “Daybreakers,” have come aboard to direct the screenplay written by Australian Craig Pearce (“Moulin Rouge,” “Strictly Ballroom,” “Romeo + Juliet”) based on an original script by Annette Duffy and David Odell. The legendary fantasy artist Brian Froud will reprise his role as conceptual designer of the film, which will use a stunning mix of live action and traditional puppetry combined with visual and special effects produced entirely in Australia. Omnilab-affiliated Iloura (“Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Pacific,” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”) has already begun work on the film’s complex CGI elements. With this team in place, next steps will be to secure worldwide distribution.


Iloura is bad ass. Granted, they’ve gotten a little limb-heavy in The Pacific, but that’s not really their fault. Bottom line: they make realistic-looking creations, that shouldn’t look real at all. Which means, you may want to think twice before going to the 3-D showing of Dark Crystal 2 high as a kite. Wait, who are we kidding? This franchise was made to scare children and entertain stoners.

The only thing we ask from The Power Of The Dark Crystal is that if you don’t end up using puppets for Gelflings — and you really should — that you cast Taylor Swift as lead Gelfling.

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Oh come now. Movies for kids these days are incapable of actually traumatizing kids the way movies made for kids when we were younger did.

Having said that, Where the Wild Things Are is the closest I've seen in recent memory to the disturbing feel of 1970s and 80s "kids'" movies.

Possibly because Spike Jonze directed.

Possibly because I was drunk on sake.

Possibly both.