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Netflix Revives Jim Henson's 'Dark Crystal' With New Series

By Kristy Puchko | Trailers | May 19, 2017 |

By Kristy Puchko | Trailers | May 19, 2017 |

Netflix is like some strange nostalgia fairy, listening to our ardent wishes from returns of beloved series, or sequels to cult comedies, and miraculously awarding us the resurrections of Full House, The Gilmore Girls, Arrested Development and Wet Hot American Summer. Still, who could have guessed Netflix could or would revive the 1982 Jim Henson film that terrified and exhilarated a generation: The Dark Crystal.

The LA Times reports Netflix has teamed with Jim Henson Co to create a new series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which will offer a ten-episode arc that’ll play as prequel to the adventures of Kira and Jen, Gelflings who teamed up to topple the tyranny of the wicked slave-masters known as Skeksis.

Here’s the teaser:

Production on the series is underway in the U.K., where the original film’s conceptual designer Brian Froud is leading the way, recreating characters we know and love, and crafting new creatures for this Gelfling-centered show. Now You See Me director Louis Leterrier serves as executive producer and helmer on the production. But that’s about it for details. Netflix has not even revealed when The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance might debut. Still, this seems like a miracle. Like a wish we’d never even dared to dream.

With Henson passing away in 1990, it was unthinkable that any kind of continuation of his deeply weird passion project could ever come to life. Far from the realm of fluffy cuddly Muppets, The Dark Crystal birthed a new breed of puppet, towering and traumatizing, tiny and beastly. It cracked open a fascinating fantasy world rich with detail, and fans of the series have long wondered over every one. But as the film made just over $40 million, there was no apparent demand for a sequel. Still rumors of one have lingered on for nearly 35 years. And now this, a prequel made in the style of the original with animatronic puppets instead of the popular implementation of CGI beasts, and with a clear eye toward Henson’s original notes and inspirations, comes to dare us to dream bigger and bolder. I can think of no better tribute to Jim Henson.

Kristy Puchko wanted to be Aughra when she grew up.

Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.