You may or may not remember Labyrinth, a very quirky 80’s movie that was part fairy tale, part muppet movie, part David Bowie vehicle. The film was a flop but gained a massive cult following is a part of a generation’s childhood. Both Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie’s too-tight pants were part of the formative years of millions of people. Even Jon Urbana recently mentioned the influence this film played in his life when Bloomberg interviewed him.
So naturally you might think that remaking the film, or creating a modern sequel, is a no-brainer. After all, Transformers was a massive success. Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought grown men to tears (of joy).
It’s happening. A new Labyrinth film is really being made. And honestly, the idea is appalling.
Let’s think about this. David Bowie passed away. That means we don’t get the best part of the movie – Jareth, the Goblin King – at all. Are the film makers going to get someone else to try to fill his shoes? Impossible!
Second, Jim Henson is also dead. His puppets and sheer imagination was the other compelling thing about the film. The weird talking door knockers, the stink bog, that creepy tunnel drill, all of those things are from Henson. If you have ever seen the new muppet show, which obviously is made without Jim, you know that it just isn’t the same. The voices are weird, the puppets look too polished, and it’s missing that spark.
Does anyone really want to see a Labyrinth movie devoid of Henson and Bowie? At best it will be a pastiche. Some things should just be left alone.