The Goblin King has only been gone for two weeks, and it felt like much too soon to be seeing headlines like "David Bowie's 'Labyrinth' to Get Reboot With 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Co-Writer." The Hollywood Reporter got that exclusive on January 22, writing, "Labyrinth, Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy film starring David Bowie, is getting rebooted for the 21st century." They added that TriStar closed a deal with The Jim Henson Co. to produce a new version and hired "Guardians of the Galaxy" co-writer Nicole Perlman to write the script.
That led to multiple postings across the Interwebz, followed by fan outrage at the very idea of remaking the '80s classic, and disgust at the timing of the announcement, just days after Bowie's death.
However, writer Nicole Perlman took to Twitter to clarify that 1) it's not a reboot, and 2) the movie has been in discussions for a while now, long before anyone even knew Bowie was ill. (Here's a 2014 Moviefone story on sequel plans.)
Not "rebooting" anything, guys.— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) January 23, 2016
Henson Co & I started talking in late 2014, so the timing of these rumors is so upsetting. I would never seek to profit from Bowie's death.— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) January 23, 2016
Labyrinth is my favorite film from childhood, so I share your concerns that any continuation of the world be handled with love and respect.— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) January 23, 2016
@GrumpySeb I'm not remaking anything.— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) January 24, 2016
@fmoore15 Not remaking anything— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) January 24, 2016
@dmoraphotog we are not remaking anything. Don't believe everything you read online.— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) January 24, 2016
Guys, please don't fall for all the clickbait. No one is remaking "Labyrinth." That movie is perfect as it is.— Nicole Perlman (@Uncannygirl) January 24, 2016
That said, it's still not clear what exactly they are doing with this movie. She did say "continuation," though, so it sounds like they are still aiming for some kind of sequel. Question: Is Jennifer Connelly gong to be involved, or will they perhaps follow the adventures of that baby who is no longer a baby?
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