Spierig Brothers to Direct The Power of the Dark Crystal 3-D
by Ethan Anderton
May 4, 2010
Over a month ago we heard from Brian & Wendy Fround, the duo responsible for much of the intricate and spectacular work in the art department on the props, sets and creature design on the cult classic The Dark Crystal and they mentioned being involved with recent work on a few art designs for the long gestating sequel The Power of the Dark Crystal which will be presented in 3-D. At the time, there wasn't really any evidence of imminent production, but now there's an orgy of evidence as Omnilab Media and The Jim Henson Co. have announced today that Peter and Michael Spierig (Daybreakers) will direct the sequel.
The brothers will be directing from a screenplay written by Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet) based on an original script by Annette Duffy and David Odell (who wrote The Dark Crystal). As expected, Brian Fround returns as conceptual designer on the film, which will use a mix of live action and traditional puppetry combined with visual & special effects (Iloura, who worked on the realistic CG effects in Where the Wild Things Are, will oversee the effects). Of course, making a sequel to a film that benefited so much from a lack of sophisticated special effects is quite a risk, and the Spierigs know they're taking on something big:
"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. 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."
So where exactly will this brand new adventure take us? The press release says that The Power of the Dark Crystal is set hundreds of years after the events of the first movie when the world has once again fallen into darkness. The story follows the adventures of a mysterious girl made of fire who, together with a Gelfling outcast, steals a shard of the legendary Crystal in hopes of reigniting the dying sun that exists at the center of the planet. The only thing we're not certain about yet is whether the film will actually be shot in 3-D or merely converted to 3-D. We'll find out soon enough! Anyone out there excited about all this news?