Musical fantasy is not generally considered a classic genre in filmmaking but David Bowie managed to spin it firmly into the pop culture halls of fame with his 80s cult film, Labyrinth. Directed by Jim Henson and executive produced by George Lucas, Labyrinth starred a fresh-faced Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, a 15-year-old stuck reluctantly babysitting her crying baby brother. David Bowie played Jareth, the all-singing, tight-wearing, darkly eccentric king of the goblins, whose fate collides with Connelly after Connelly's character wishes her baby bro be taken to the goblins. Bowie accepts the 'request', takes the baby and Connelly is given 13 hours to retrieve him via a dangerous journey through a labyrinth filled with strange and unusual creatures direct from master puppeteer, Jim Henson's workshop.
Rumours of a Labyrinth sequel have been doing the entertainment rounds for some time, but without Bowie and the story line neatly tied up (spoiler: Connelly rescues her brother in the end) the rumours seemed destined to stay just that, until now. According to a piece in The Hollywood Reporter, Fede Alvarez (Don't Breathe) and Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) are writing the script with Alvarez also taking the directors chair and Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Company producing. According to THR, "Insiders stress that the new project is not a remake or a reboot but rather a continuation of the story set in the rich Henson universe. The goblin king will not be represented in the film." Which accounts for no David Bowie. No news on whether A-lister Jennifer Connelly will reprise her role in the film, all grown up with children of her own... watch this space.