Deal Propels Dark Crystal Sequel Forward

The 1982 classic Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal is getting a sequel.

The film, Power of the Dark Crystal, will be a stereoscopic 3-D film made by Australia-based Omnilab Media in partnership with The Jim Henson Co.

Brothers Peter and Michael Spierig will direct the sequel. Craig Pearce wrote the screenplay, based on a script by Annette Duffy and David Odell.

Henson Co’s Brian Henson, Lisa Henson and Jason Lust; Omnilab Media’s Christopher Mapp, Matthew Street and David Whealy; and CineMarket Film’s Peter D. Graves are signed on as executive producers.

Brian Froud, who worked on the original film, will reprise his role as conceptual designer for the movie, which will mix live-action footage with puppetry and visual effects.

Set centuries after the first movie, the sequel follows a girl made of fire who teams up with a Gelfling to steal a sliver of the crystal to save the planet.

Jim Henson wrote the story for and co-directed the original film with frequent Muppets collaborator Frank Oz.