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‘Don’t Breathe’ Director Fede Alvarez Will Direct New Film in the ‘Labyrinth’ Universe

We hope it’s a horror movie about Hoggle.

With horror gems Evil Dead (that was a badass remake) and last year’s Don’t Breathe under his belt, Fede Alvarez has quickly become of my favorite genre filmmakers. As we recently told you, Alvarez is next directing an adaptation of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, but the project he’s lined up after that is even more interesting. Apparently, he’s making a new Labyrinth movie?!

Deadline reports today that TriStar has set Alvarez to direct a film “that will delve into the universe Jim Henson hatched in the 1986 cult classic.” Jay Basu will write the movie with Alvarez, and it’s expected to begin production after Alvarez is finished with The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The site notes that Basu and Alvarez have been tasked with creating a new story within the universe created in the original movie. It will NOT be a remake, nor will it feature Jareth.

Labyrinth is one of the seminal movies from my childhood that made me fall in love with filmmaking,” said Alvarez. “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.”

In Labyrinth, which starred David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly…

A 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

The film is a co-production between TriStar Pictures and The Jim Henson Co. Lisa Henson of The Henson Co. will produce and Nicole Brown will oversee for TriStar.



  • JoeInTheBox

    Turns out the movie is just a lost episode of Flight of the Conchords with Jemaine invading the dreams of Jennifer Connelly, while doing his “Bowie from Labyrinth” impression.

    • The only way i will see this is if Jermaine is the new Goblin king

    • Jada Maes

      “Do you have one really funky sequin spacesuit, Bowie, or do you have several ch-changes?”

      • Saturn

        A terrible pun that I would be proud of.

  • Chip

    CGI david bowie is in our future. Sigh.

  • Alanmac

    So a spin off/sequel or whatever instead of a direct remake? I could handle that. Glad they’re going that route and glad Alvarez will be at the helm.

    • Saturn

      Probably Depp then….

  • Carlton Fisher

    Maybe I’m not remembering it well enough (or not being imaginative enough), but I have trouble thinking about how Labyrinth would work with an expansion. I’m biased, but I’d really prefer a continuation of The Dark Crystal.

    • Creepshow

      I wish eternal damnation upon The Dark Crystal. A non-horror movie that scarred children and adults for life. That takes the #1 spot on my list of “Unintentional Creepy As Fuck Movies”. My hair is standing up just thinking about it.

      • Tarman_85

        Not to mention those Goddamn creepy puppets looked like The Olsen Twins!

        • Creepshow

          Yikes! Make it go away!!

      • Carlton Fisher

        I loved it as a kid. Still do. Never felt scarred by it. I think children are much more resilient than adults give them credit for (and that most of the adult whining when they say something is “inappropriate for children” has more to do with what the parents are uncomfortable with than the kids).

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  • Miguel Camacho

    Evil Dead remake was steaming garbage

    • Saturn

      Coming from the angle that The Evil Dead has been may favourite movie for over 30 years…….you are wrong. It was pretty damn good, although flawed.

    • qwef

      haha , no sir.

      Evil Dead 2013 was one of the best horror films in recent years.

  • Jada Maes

    Evil Dead was trying WAY too hard (the Necronomicon looked like liner notes for a lesser Marilyn Manson album). Don’t Breathe was just overheated Wait Until Dark. This doesn’t bode well.

    • Saturn

      The whole “burn the motherfucker” and whatnot was a little tooooo Rob Zombie, alongside the whole “Oh, I thought if I burned it it would all go away” and the unnecessary Cheryl voice over were lesser points of the movie – but personally I felt it was one of the better remakes (sequakes?) of recent years.

      It is possible that the movie will fit in as official canon due to the events of AvED season 2 conclusion – that could be interesting if done the right way.

      There is absolutely no reason why sequels to Fede’s movie, AND Raimi’s movies, cannot co-exist.

      • Jada Maes

        I’m just not much for remakes in general, but if it keeps Evil Dead alive I’ll support it. Mostly I don’t understand why this dude would be picked for a Labyrinth movie in a world where Del Toro, Dave McKean, and the Quay Brothers exist.

        • Creepshow

          A Fede Evil Dead…is as good as dead.

          And Del Toro, sadly can’t get any balloon off the ground.

          • Jada Maes

            Too goddamn true. He got burned bad on The Hobbit and seems sick of playing studio politics.

        • Saturn

          Del Toro would be perfect.

  • Nope! If it ain’t Bowie in jodhpurs, bulging obscenely and inappropriately, it ain’t Labyrinth.

  • Shawn Reznor

    why would you wait until Bowie has died to do this? Lame. A day late and a dollar short kind of like his version of Evil Dead.

  • Elizabeth

    There damn well better be some effing Muppets in this instead of CGI.

  • Jérémy Kuprowski

    After a really surprising Evil Dead remake, and a clearly overrated Don’t Breath… I don’t really know what to expect.

    I’m really tired of remakes, even more so when the original is already great to begin with. I’ll follow the progress of the movie, but I’m not too hyped…

    • Daniel Alfred Ronneburg

      It states pretty clear that this is not a remake

    • qwef

      “a clearly overrated Don’t Breathe”

      Who made that verdict sir? The fact that most people LOVED Don’t Breathe makes it “clearly overrated” ?

      • Sølvi Kozlovsky Elisabetarson


        • qwef

          Right , i assume you are also one of those people who “know better” ?

  • Daniel Alfred Ronneburg

    Am I the only one that actually read the whole article? It states that this movie is not a remake but a separate story within the Labyrinth Universe

  • Carl Chrystan

    Is there a notable Labyrinth universe? Never thought about it before. Best not to include Jennifer Connelly in it, though. All I can think of with her is ‘double-edged dildo’.

    • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl


  • kreddyfrueger

    No, just no #nostalgiakiller

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