I can't believe the day has finally come. Everybody, dust off your goblin king outfits and get ready to grow your hair out because the long-rumored Labyrinth sequel is actually happening.
The news comes in a sneaky tidbit hidden in an interview Billy Crystal gave to Variety recently. Crystal was talking about his role in the upcoming movie of Jim Henson's Which Witch?, which is produced by The Jim Henson Company.
The article also lists the company's other projects, which include:
A “Fraggle Rock” movie that’s been in development at New Regency; a sequel to 1982’s “The Dark Crystal”; a sequel to 1986’s “Labyrinth”; and a movie based on the Emmet Otter character.
So, it seems like we can definitely say that the sequel is at least planned. With the current resurgence in interest in David Bowie and the 30th anniversary of the film's release coming up in 2016, it would certainly be an opportune moment to see more of Jareth's codpiece.
Plot-wise, there are endless directions this could go in. Not least if the original cast decide to get involved again. Remember them?
Then: Connelly played Sarah Williams, the far too young object of Jareth's affections tasked with recovering her baby brother in 13 hours, before he too becomes a goblin.
Now: An Oscar-winning actress and model, Connelly has certainly come a long way. She starred in A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for A Dream, and Once Upon A Time In America - meaning she could certainly lend Labyrinth 2 some dramatic gravitas.
Then: Toby was the son of one of famous puppeteers Brian and Wendy Froud, and lent his adorableness to the role of Sarah's baby brother she wished away accidentally.
Now: Froud followed the family tradition and became a puppeteer in his own right, including making a short with Jim Henson's daughter, Heather, called Lessons Learned. An adult cameo from Toby would be hilarious to see.
Then: Bowie was a megastar as the un-pin-downable, shape-shifting pop icon who pretty much soundtracked the 1970s.
Now: Bowie's still going strong, with the release of his 24th album in 2013 to rave reviews and a major retrospective exhibition touring the world. Basically, he's still a badass and we'd love to see what he would do with an updated Labyrinth.