The Crafty Frouds Say a Dark Crystal Sequel Still on the Way

March 29, 2010
Source: SlashFilm

Dark Crystal

In case you were unaware, Brian & Wendy Froud are the duo responsible for much of the intricate and spectacular work in the art department on the props, sets and creature design on cult classics like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. A sequel to the former, titled The Power of the Dark Crystal has been rumored / gestating for quite some time, but the last we heard back in August, was pretty much the same news we've been hearing for awhile with no real progression. Leicester Square TV (via SlashFilm) just recently caught up with the Frouds, where they offer at least a tiny bit of hope for the sequel, which they say is still on track.

Though they don't really reveal too much more info about The Power of the Dark Crystal than we've heard previously, their involvement is integral to the success off a sequel since their work is a huge reason that The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth have become such cult classic favorites. The Frouds state in the interview: "We are involved. [We] have done some designs for it. We've been talking to the director and we've been involved with the script. We don't know quite when it's gonna go or when it's gonna happen." So nothing more than a few vague updates for a sequel that is long overdue for fans and couldn't come sooner anyway, but that's it.

Perhaps the Jim Henson Company is waiting to see how the new Muppet movie tracks with audiences first and will then decide just how quickly they want to act on this sequel. But for those looking for something to hold them over, the Frouds also mention they have been involved with new graphic novels in the works for both The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. So does anyone actually want to see a Dark Crystal sequel?

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  • Chrisbo
    Only if it is puppets like the first one, otherwise it will be ruined like all else. Mayhap it should be called, 'The Return of Olga!' Hmmmm, gelfling? Looks like gelfling, smells like gelfling, maybe you areeeee gelfling!
  • People's Champ
    I think it's a little too late.
  • jomba joose
    Is Genndy still attached?
  • JayC
    Didn't know the project was being discussed. I am a fan of the original and would like to see a follow up, but I agree with #2. It's a little late.
  • fazha
    I would love to see a sequel. Last I heard it was going to be half CG, half animatronix/puppetry, which would be faithful to the feel of the original while using modern technology to create some truly fantastic environments. I'd wayyyy rather see this than a new Muppet Movie,
  • Gonnarentit
    The original was such crap, the new one could only be an improvement.
  • Jimbone
    no its not late. what does that even mean? you either want to see it or not. 6 is retarded.
  • Dreckent
    "So does anyone actually want to see a Dark Crystal sequel?" Fck Yeah!
  • André
    You know what I'd love to see? A film that is to Brian Froud what MirrorMask was to Dave McKean. I can't think of any better venue to do this than the Dark Crystal universe. I just hope that the Frouds' "involvement" means nothing short of total and direct concept and creative direction.
  • JAYC
    #7 Late meaning the original will be difficult to market because it is not well known to this generation. thanks for trying.
    i loved this film growing up as a kid,bring on the sequel.
  • Podling
    The first one was part of my childhood in the early 1980s... but it does feel a bit too late for a sequel, particularly without Jim Henson.
  • anon
    I'm not surprised this is taking a while, what with the whole issue with the Orphanage closing down and the whole changing of directors. I'm just glad the project fell back on the hands of the Hensons where it belongs. A few years back, when the Orphanage announced they were opening a feature animation division, everybody was super excited in Vancouver because this is where they were supposed to open up shop, they even opened recruiting offices here and all. And when they announced Genndy Tartakovsky was going to direct that was just awesome -who doesn't love Samurai Jack? - but since Dark Crystal was being done by the feature animation division it meant it was gonna be mostly CG which i don't think was right. So if anything good came out of the Orphanage closure it was that we'll see the Power of the Dark Crystal in all it's puppety glory. Too bad we'll probably never see the Samurai Jack feature they were also prepping, but you gain some and you lose some...




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