Netflix has recently disclosed that our old favourite children’s film, The Dark Crystal, will be returning to our screens once again in an entirely new form. The world featured in the original 1982 movie by Jim Henson and Frank Oz is being re-imagined as a new television series, and we can’t wait!
The puppet packed series will be called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and filming will begin this autumn. Louis Leterrier, the director and producer of films such as The Incredible Hulk and The Transporter, is taking on the series that will get our nostalgia senses tingling. Deadline reports that the series will be 10 episodes long and will feature new “state-of-the-art creatures” who will be brought to life thanks to Jim Hensons’ Creature Shop and the conceptual designer who worked on The Dark Crystal: Brian Froud.
Deadline also states that The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be set “many years” before the known events of the story, providing a prequel to the movie. Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, said:
“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. I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”
Because of the time period that film will be set in, we might not get to see any more of characters such as Kira and Jen – but Emperor Skeksis, who we know kicked the bucket in the film, may just be able to make a comeback. Other popular characters such as Augra, the wise astronomer who watches over the crystal shard, are also free to be explored. Of course, we’re also hoping for some outstanding new characters who can win our hearts just as much as our old faves.
The series reveal is definitely paying homage to the original dark fantasy film because of the evident creature design and puppetry work. Having chosen this route over primarily using CG animation, we can rest assured that the magic of the original won’t be lost in this sense. And rightly so: we want puppets! And we want them now!
Basically: if we’re not being given throwbacks to our childhood nightmares about Skeksis, something’s wrong, and we’ll throw a tantrum worthy of Fizzgig.
With everything considered, though, it’s a perfect start. We’re so excited to see how this one pans out! While we’re a little way off being able to see any actual footage from the show itself, Netflix did share a short teaser which allows us to briefly explore how these stunning animatronics are created:
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