Don’t Breathe was one of last year’s best films, and 2013’s Evil Dead was one of the only horror remakes worth a damn. Both starred Jane Levy and both were directed by Fede Alvarez, who basically came out of nowhere and started releasing the kind of pulpy, well-made, ultra-violent horror movies we don’t get nearly enough of. Now, Hollywood is taking notice of Alvarez’s talent and has courted him to direct two major studio projects. The first, which is currently in production, is The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a sequel/spin-off to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Now, it’s being reported that Alvarez’s next project will be a remake of the 1986 classic Labyrinth, starring a young Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie as The Goblin King. The remake will be written by Alvarez alongside regular collaborator Jay Basu, who’s also co-writing Spider’s Web. According to a recent article on GeekTyrant, “the film is a co-production between TriStar Pictures and The Jim Henson Co. and Lisa Henson is set to produce.” This is pretty exciting news for fans of the original, as Henson’s direction of the film was invaluable and contributed to the legacy it continues to have today.
With the technological advancements we’ve made since the original film was released, it isn’t crazy to think of a world where Alvarez would incorporate a new batch of Henson Co. puppets that blow the originals out of the water. I know, it’s blasphemy to suggest that a remake of a beloved classic could ever be better than the original, but Alvarez already has experience directing a great remake, and he seems to respect the craft enough – especially the integration of practical effects and puppetry – to give this his all and make the best film possible. Count me in.
There’s no official release date yet, but expect the film to be coming sometime in 2019. We’ll keep you posted right here on GEEK!
Images: Sony, Jim Henson Co.
Source: Geek Tyrant