‘Labyrinth’ Sequel to Be Helmed By ‘Don’t Breathe’ Director Fede Alvarez
David Bowie fans aren’t going to be happy with the news that director behind last year’s Don’t Breathe, Fede Alvarez, has come on board to write and direct the Labyrinth sequel. For him, however, it should make for an interesting change of pace.
According to Deadline, Alvarez will direct and also co-write this new tale alongside Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent), who will pen the screenplay once a story is worked out.
Alvarez told the site, “Labyrinth is one of the seminal movies from my childhood that made me fall in love with filmmaking. I couldn’t be more thrilled to expand on Jim Henson’s mesmerizing universe, and take a new generation of moviegoers back into the Labyrinth.”
Early last year, we here at Film Cutting heard from a little white owl that TriStar Pictures’ new retelling of the 1986 classic was in the works, with Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman, though she later said it was clickbait.
This time it’s been confirmed by the studio: Lisa Henson of the Henson Co. will produce and Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar, and there’s no mention of Perlman’s name anywhere. The new writer and director will reportedly create a new story set within the universe created in the original movie, while confirming again that it’s not a remake. Deadline adds that the project sounds more like a spinoff than a sequel, while confirming that Bowie’s character will not be included in this story.
The film is still in the distance as Alvarez has to make first the follow-up to David Fincher’s remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, titled The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which he also wrote with Basu.