Some exciting news for fans of the 1982 fantasy film The Dark Crystal. A prequel series is heading to Netflix!
That’s right, the streaming giant has announced that a 10-episode prequel series titled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is officially on the way.
The Jim Henson Company is producing, with Now You See Me helmer Louis Leterrier attached to direct and executive produce. Leading the writing team are Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Life in a Year), who are also on board as co-executive producers, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100).
The original ’82 classic, directed by legendary puppeteer and Muppets Inc. founder Jim Henson and Frank Oz, was a groundbreaking feature with jaw-dropping animatronics and a voice cast that included Stephen Garlick, Billie Whitelaw and Lisa Maxwell. The film told the story of Jen, an elf-like ‘Gelfling’ on a mission to restore balance to his alien world by returning a lost shard to a powerful but broken gem.
The prequel series will be set many years before the events of the film, telling the story of threes Gelfling who, after discovering the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.
“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, said in a statement. “I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”
Added Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company: “Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life. Netflix has a deep respect for my father’s original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world.”
It’s certainly exciting news. Stay tuned as more comes to light. In the meantime, take a look at the teaser trailer Netflix released with the announcement: