Cult classic Labyrinth is getting a sequel. The news comes less than two weeks after David Bowie's death surprised fans across the world.
Word of the film comes via The Hollywood Reporter, and Entertainment Weekly has since confirmed that the project will be a sequel to the original 1986 film, not a reboot. No director is attached yet, but Sony TriStar is said to have struck a deal with The Jim Henson Company to produce the film, and Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman is on board. Rumors of a sequel to Labyrinth first swirled in 2014, but those reported turned out to be false.
The original was an unusual affair, starring David Bowie as a Jareth the Goblin King, a terrifying yet seductive manifestation of a young teenage girl's (Jennifer Connelly) sexual desires. Bowie — who memorably fills the role not only with his distinctive looks, but also his grand musical style — steals the teen's younger brother, setting the trippy, puppet-filled journey in action. To give you a sense of things, Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) wrote the script, which was executive produced by George Lucas and directed by master puppeteer Jim Henson, known best for creating The Muppets. No date for this sequel yet, but we're sure to hear more soon.