Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Returns As A Prequel Series

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Returns As A Prequel Series

The Dark Crystal is set to receive a new prequel television series in a surprise announcement from Netflix

Jim Henson, the man most famously remembered as the creator of The Muppets, also created two feature-length films starring creations from his famous Creature Workshop.

One was The Labyrinth released in 1986 but four years earlier came The Dark Crystal in 1982.

Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz (the puppeteer and voice of The Muppet’s Miss Piggy), The Dark Crystal was a film filled only with the most advanced animatronic puppets and creations of the time. There were no real people on screen.

The story revolves around a young elf-like creature called Jen. He must restore a shard back to a powerful broken crystal in order to create a balance in his world, otherwise, the evil Skeksis will rule forever.

Whilst the film made a profit upon opening, it was overshadowed by E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial also released that same year. Also, audiences were surprised by its darker tone, something they hadn’t expected from the creator of The Muppets.

In a surprise announcement came this teaser video from Netflix who have ordered a ten-episode prequel series to the original film. No date has been given for the availability of the show but we do know that filming will take place later this year.

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As you’ll see the teaser video starts out with a historical interview with Jim Henson regarding the original The Dark Crystal film before giving a brief glimpse at production on the new creatures for the prequel.

A trailer for the original 1982 film.

John Abbitt

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