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

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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.

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.


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]

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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.