The world created in Jim Henson’s critically acclaimed 1982 The Dark Crystal is coming back to life in the prequel series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The 10 episode series is set to begin shooting this fall and has Now You See Me director Louis Leterrier on board to direct and executive produce. Lisa Henson and Halle Standford are also executive producing and Jeffrey Addis, Will Matthews, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach are attached to write the prequel. The series will feature state-of-the-art creatures from the original film’s concept designer Brian Froud and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”
“Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “Netflix has a deep respect for my father’s original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world.”
Statement from Director Louis Leterrier:
“As a filmmaker, one of my earliest influences was Jim Henson’s masterpiece The Dark Crystal, a movie that brought to life a universe rich in detail and teeming with incredible characters. The creativity in the film was limitless and groundbreaking for that time, restricted only by the special effects tools of its day.
As I envision Age of Resistance, I am most excited about joining today’s film techniques with the practical visual effects that are such an integral part of The Dark Crystal – the artistry, the craftsmanship, the performances, and of course the puppets! It is a gift and an honor to work alongside the teams at The Jim Henson Company and Netflix, the artists at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, and the Frouds, as we begin this new adventure, diving deeper into the world of Thra and working hard to bring fans all they have hoped for. We here are all fans as well, and I invite you to join me and this incredible team as we share photos, videos, and posts about the process of bringing to life the world that inspired us all so many years ago.”
The Plot: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.