Fans of Labyrinth rejoice (or cringe), the 80s cult classic reboot has been announced – days after the death of rock icon and star of the film, David Bowie.
What a whirlwind of a month for David Bowie fans, huh? First Blackstar is released to critical acclaim, two days before the Space Oddity singer passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Now the news is out that Sony Pictures are planning a reboot of the 1986 movie Labyrinth, with the Jim Henson Company reportedly co-producing the picture.
Perhaps even more interesting is the fact Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman is attached to pen the script. With that movie, one of the strongest elements was the panache and wit in the writing, something fans will hope translates onto this project as well.
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.
While these are exciting times for the more optimistic of the Labyrinth faithful, there is a feeling of uneasiness surrounding a large portion of fans, many of whom consider a reboot unnecessary and a smudge on the reputation of the original. Just ask this irate Twitter user:
WE DO NOT EVER NEED A LABYRINTH REBOOT. ESPECIALLY NOT NOW. THE ORIGINAL WAS PERFECT. https://t.co/ACiHNmBYH6
— Ellen Rose (@icklenellierose) January 23, 2016
That film starred a young Jennifer Connelly who accidentally allowed her baby brother to be kidnapped by an evil Goblin King (Bowie). To get him back, she had to navigate a mystical maze populated with plenty of goblin friends and foes. In addition to playing the big bad, Bowie also recorded five songs for the fantasy film – the most famous being Magic Dance.
Are you excited for a Labyrinth reboot? Or are you firmly in the camp that the original should remain untouched until the end of time?
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter