Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson may have left the MCU for now, but he’s got another franchise project on his hands in the form of a Labyrinth sequel.
Derrickson, also known for horror films Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, has signed up to direct a sequel to Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy film, Labyrinth. The screenplay will come from Maggie Levin, who wrote and directed an episode of horror anthology series Into the Dark.
Tristar Pictures has been trying to get a new Labyrinth film off the ground for years now. Back in 2016 Captain Marvel co-writer Nicole Perlman was attached to write a reboot and in 2017 Don’t Breathe director Fede Alverez was brought on both direct and co-write a film that would “expand on Jim Henson’s mesmerising universe.”
The original film told the story of a teenage girl, played by Jennifer Connelly, who heads into a maze to save her baby brother from the goblin king, played by David Bowie. The film didn’t do well at the box office, but became a bonafide cult hit over the years, spawning novels, comics, video games and more.
Let’s see if it moves ahead under Derrickson, who is also on board as executive producer. Derrickson had been attached to direct Doctor Strange sequel Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness for Marvel, but announced his departure from the film in January, citing “creative differences.”