The Dark Crystal Sequel In 3D
We all remember the 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal, right? Well, guess what, this classic is finally getting a sequel.
Now, it’s going to be Power of The Dark Crystal and it will be a stereoscopic 3D film made by Australia-based Omnilab Media in partnership with The Jim Henson Co.
Let’s start our little chat with information that brothers Peter and Michael Spierig are in charge for directing the sequel…
As usual, we’ll start with Power of The Dark Crystal synopsis: “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.”
Screenplay is written by Craig Pearce (who was in charge for titles like Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet) and it’s based on an original script by Annette Duffy and David Odell.
Well-known 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 or The Pacific) has already begun work on the film’s complex CGI elements. As you see, it’s confirmed that the film will be released in 3D, so no wonder this already sounds like some big-screen spectacle. Maybe that’s why 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.”
On the other hand, Peter Spierig agreed that: “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.”
Just for a record The Dark Crystal made slightly over $40 million in theaters, with an estimated budget of $15 million. But, with Spierig brothers, that we all remember from the zombie romp Undead as well as the vampire flick Daybreakers, we have no reason to be suspicious, do we?