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The Spierig Brothers to Unleash the Power of the Dark Crystal in 3D

Power of the Dark CrystalIf you’re thirty-something like me, one film that keeps popping up from your childhood is Jim Henson’s much beloved 1982 classic The Dark Crystal. For a kid’s flick it was pretty dark and disturbing. Now, decades later, a 3D sequel is officially in the works courtesy of Omnilab Media’s Christopher Mapp and The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson titled Power of the Dark Crystal with horror favorites the Spierig brothers (Undead, Daybreakers) sitting tight in the directors’ chairs.

From the Press Release:
In a joint announcement by Omnilab Media’s Christopher Mapp and The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson, Australian based Omnilab Media is teaming up with The Jim Henson Company to bring the much anticipated fantasy sequel “Power of the Dark Crystal” to the big screen in stereoscopic 3D. The highly anticipated film will be among the most ambitious projects to ever be produced in Australia.

Power of the Dark Crystal will be produced by the Australia based production arm of Omnilab Media, Ambience Entertainment. The Jim Henson Company’s executive producers are Brian Henson, Lisa Henson, and Jason Lust. Omnilab Media’s executive producers are Christopher Mapp, Matthew Street, and David Whealy. Cinemarket Films’ Peter D. Graves (“Terminator Salvation”) rounds out the executive producer team.

Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig, writers and directors of “Undead” and most recently “Daybreakers,” have come aboard to direct the screenplay written by Australian Craig Pearce (“Moulin Rouge,” “Strictly Ballroom,” “Romeo + Juliet”) based on an original script by Annette Duffy and David Odell. The legendary fantasy artist Brian Froud will reprise his role as conceptual designer of the film, which will use a stunning mix of live action and traditional puppetry combined with visual and special effects produced entirely in Australia. Omnilab-affiliated Iloura (“Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Pacific,” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”) has already begun work on the film’s complex CGI elements. With this team in place, next steps will be to secure worldwide distribution.

“Power of the Dark Crystal is an exciting and ambitious undertaking and, having worked on previous projects with the top-notch talent and crews that Australia offers, we know we have assembled the right team to deliver the sequel to one of the most enduringly popular titles in the Henson library. Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig are sure to create a film that will continue the legacy of the original and exceed the expectations of our loyal fans,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “We are especially enthusiastic to be working with Omnilab Media, a strong and growing force in worldwide film finance and production.”

“We are very pleased to be producing this wonderful and fantastical film in Australia. The Power of The Dark Crystal will showcase the depth of talent Australia has to offer up on the international stage, including the extremely gifted directing team of Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig. The Jim Henson Company has consistently delivered an amazing range of entertainment over generations and is an iconic creative studio that we are proud to have partner with us,” added Christopher Mapp from Omnilab Media.

Michael Spierig said, “We feel a tremendous amount of responsibility in telling this story with the same meticulous care that Jim Henson and Frank Oz gave the 1982 original.” Added Peter Spierig, “This is a chance to take the world of puppetry into the modern age by using modern techniques (like motion capture CGI) and the tried and true methods (like puppetry and animatronics) to create a one hundred percent real world that is unique to ‘The Dark Crystal’.”

Set hundreds of years after the events of the first movie when the world has once again fallen into darkness, “Power of the Dark Crystal” follows the adventures of a mysterious girl made of fire who, together with a Gelfling outcast, steals a shard of the legendary Crystal in an attempt to reignite the dying sun that exists at the center of the planet.

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  • Vanvance1

    I feel the sequel is in really good hands.

    Daybreakers was severely underrated.

    I chose to see it over Avatar and now that I’ve seen the latter I know I made the right choice.

    P.S. This assumes all the major characters are puppets like they MUST BE for this to work.

  • FabulousStain

    YAYAYAY!!! I can’t believe this is FINALLY happening!!! It’s been years since the news broke out of a possible sequel. Oh man, I feel like a little kid again. I’m seriously close to shitting my pants with excitement right now.

  • Terminal

    I still have to see the original.
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    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • FabulousStain

      Oh man…are you serious?!?! And…are you Terminal from Cinema-Crazed???

      • Terminal

        Yep that’s moi. And yes, it’s one of my many errors as a movie fan. There are a shitload of classics I’ve yet to see.
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        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • FabulousStain

          I’m apol, by the way, lol. Man, I haven’t been around your site in a while. I miss you guys :(

          • Terminal

            Hey man! Long time no see, yeah you definitely have to come around and check up on us. I miss arguing with you about movies.

            Also I have a project I want to enlist you for. Email me and we’ll talk!
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

          • FireRam

            There goes the neighborhood.

          • Terminal

            *hangs head in shame* Small world, what can I say?
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Didn’t See It Coming

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see how this all unfolds. Hopefully it turns out well. I LOVE the original.