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Back in early 2020 came the news that “Doctor Strange” and “Sinister” helmer Scott Derrickson has been set to direct a sequel to Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy feature “Labyrinth” at TriStar Pictures.

Maggie Levin (“Into the Dark”) was set to write the script for the follow-up to the original which followed a young girl (Jennifer Connelly) who goes after her baby brother who has been kidnapped by Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie) and taken back to his realm – a massive maze in which he resides at the center.

Since then, however, there’s been little movement on the project. Speaking with this week to support the release of the anthology horror film “V/H/S/85,” Derrickson was asked where the film currently stands in development.

It turns out even he’s not sure right now, and it sounds like the script still needs work:

“I don’t know what’s happening with that. We never got the script all the way to a place where the studio wanted to make it, but I was very proud of the work that we did on it.

And it’s a hard, hard project to turn into something commercially viable, because it’s so imaginative and surreal that there’s no way that it can be done cheaply. And at the same time, it’s so daring and different that it is a tough movie for a studio to feel competent that it has enough commercial value to earn a profit.

So I think that it’s a tough nut to crack, but all I can tell you is I’m very proud of the work that we did on it. We certainly had a great film in mind.”

Asked how they would handle the Goblin King character in the wake of Bowie’s passing, he says as the project is still in development, he can’t say as: “I think we had a really cool idea, but I don’t want to blow that in case the movie does get made.”

At last report, Lisa Henson was producing whilst Brian Henson, Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill are executive producing.

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