Power Of The Dark Crystal alive

Puppet sequel still on the way...

 

Fans of creepy-cool puppet flick The Dark Crystal rejoice!

Talk of sequel The Power Of The Dark Crystal has been circulating for some time now, but we’ve not heard a thing for a couple of years.

According to artists/designers Brian and Wendy Froud, though, the project is alive and well, albeit taking its time to come to fruition.

While out promoting their new fortune-telling card set, The Heart Of Faerie Oracle, the husband-wife team spoke a little bit about the sequel. They were both involved with the first Dark Crystal as well as Labyrinth, designing the sets, props and puppets used in both those films, as well as Yoda in Star Wars.

Said Brian:

“I don’t know how many years they’ve been trying to do a Dark Crystal 2, but we are involved. I have done some designs and I’ve been talking to the director, we’ve been involved in the script. We don’t know quite when it’s gonna go.”

Meanwhile, Wendy confirmed that “it’s inching its way closer”, before going on to confirm that the sequel will stay true to its roots in puppetry despite all the new fancy technology currently kicking around.

“The backgrounds will be CGI, but the main characters will be puppets,” she said. “They decided that was really the only way they wanted to do it to keep the integrity.”

Last we heard, The Power Of The Dark Crystal had been written by Craig Pearce (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!), and was heading for release in 2011 with director Michael Gracey at the helm.

It seems that even if we unfortunately won’t be seeing the film next year, it’s at least still on the cards. And with the Frouds providing the creative genius behind the film’s look, we should be in for a treat.

For those of you who can’t wait, a series of Manga-style Dark Crystal graphic novels will be out this Summer.

Wish they'd hurry up and just get this made?

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    • blade32

      Mar 30th 2010, 10:13

      this is fantastic news. that's one sequel I'd love to see. great to hear they're sticking with the old school too. It'd be very sad if it was all to be laim cgi puppets! interesting that brian is back on board as i heard an interview with him last year where he said production had started and he hadnt been invited to contribute. they must have seen sense and got him on board. very glad they did. dark crystal and labyrinth would have been nothing with his design work. i cant wait!! labyrinth 2 anyone?? bowie's not that busy at the mo.

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    • ridgeracer4

      Mar 30th 2010, 19:10

      Sorry guys, nostalgic optimism aside I have some reservations about this. If I can cite very poor continuations of a film/series I ask you to remember how "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and AVP (1 and 2) were films we should have been excited about but were just utter messes. I have faith but my gut says not to mess with the Dark Crystal. In similar news I am actually a little nervous about Tron Legacy as well but have a little more hope that it will be a success.

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