Looks like Scott Derrickson has traded in one sequel for another. The erstwhile Doctor Strange director has been hired by TriStar to helm the sequel to Labyrinth.
A sequel to the film has been in the works for several years, with Don’t Breathe’s Fede Álvarez previously attached to direct. However, that version didn’t go forward and now, according to Deadline, who first reported the news, TriStar pictures has set Derrickson to direct the sequel to Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.
Maggie Levin, who wrote and directed Into the Dark and My Valentine for Hulu, is set to write the script.
The 1986 cult classic film centers on sixteen-year-old Sarah, who is is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby after her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth.
The movie stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) in one of her first major movie roles as young Sarah, and David Bowie as the Goblin King Jareth.
Though it wasn’t successful at the box office, Labyrinth has maintained a sort of cult popularity in the last three decades, inspiring tie-in novels, comic books, video games, perennial screenings and even an annual fan masquerade ball, which is considered one the largest in the world.
Director Scott Derrickson is best known for his work in the horror genre. He landed on the scene with with 2005’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose. He followed up that up with 2008’s The Day the Earth Stood Still and 2012’s Sinister.
Before being tapped to direct the Labyrinth sequel, the director was perhaps best known for his work on the MCU’s Doctor Strange, which was released in 2016. He was originally set to reprise his role as director for the sequel, but has since officially stepped down.
Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Company is producing, with Brian Henson executive producing the Labyrinth sequel.
Scott Derrickson will likewise be executive producing with his frequent collaborator C. Robert Cargill.
There are currently no known details about what a Labyrinth sequel, including if any of the original cast who are available would be reprising their roles.