Labyrinth is a 1986 musical fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, with George Lucas as executive producer, based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. It revolves around 16-year-old Sarah’s (Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, whom Sarah wished away to Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie).Most of the film’s significant characters, apart from Bowie and Connelly, are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
In January 2016, Nicole Perlman announced that she had been hired to write the script for a sequel. By April 2017, Fede Álvarez signed on as director, as well as co-writer with Jay Basu. Several news publications including the International Business Times reported that Bowie’s son Duncan Jones would co-produce the sequel with Lisa Henson. In January 2020, Jones refuted reports of his involvement with the project, stating on Twitter, “This is not true and I have nothing to do with it.”
Deadline has now reported that Scott Derrickson, who directed Doctor Strange for Marvel but passed on returning as director for Dr. Strange 2 has been set by TriStar Pictures to direct the sequel to Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Maggie Levin, who wrote and directed Into the Dark, and My Valentine for Hulu, will write the script.
Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Company is producing. Brian Henson is executive producing. Derrickson is executive producing with his frequent collaborator C. Robert Cargill. Blanca Lisa, VP of feature film production, is shepherding the project for The Jim Henson Company.