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David Bowie as the Goblin King Jareth. (Image: TriStar Pictures)

Here’s cause for a celebration, or a lamententation, depending on your affiliations. A follow-up to Labyrinth, the 1980s musical fantasy that starred the late, great David Bowie as a belegginged Goblin King, is officially in the works.

But before you get worried they might be messing with another one of your favorite childhood films, rest assured that the people behind it are insisting it will be neither a remake nor a reboot. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new film will be “a continuation of the story set in the rich Henson universe.”

Jim Henson‘s famous Creature Shop populated the original movie, which took place in a magical, maze-like land presided over by Bowie’s villainous Goblin King Jareth. Teenager Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is forced to navigate the labyrinth when Jareth kidnaps her baby brother.

Labyrinth‘s fantasy credentials were further bolstered by having George Lucas as the executive producer and a screenplay by Monty Python star Terry Jones, though it was a relative box office flop when it was released in 1986. The film eventually went on to become a cult classic, however, with a masquerade ball like the one featured in the film held every year in Los Angeles, meaning reaction to a follow-up some 30 years later has been mixed.

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There are reasons to be cheerful, though. The filmmaker behind recent horror flick Don’t Breathe, Fede Alvarez, will write and direct the spin-off, while Lisa Henson, the daughter of original director Jim Henson, will produce.

All in all, there certainly seems to be a commitment to the spirit of the original film. And besides, some fans are already brainstorming alternative castings for Jareth:

Hmm. We’ve got a funny feeling about this.

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Filed Under: David Bowie, Labyrinth
By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.