'Dark Crystal' Sequel Finally Happening. Maybe Yay?

May 4, 2010


More incredibly-belated sequel news! Remember how Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky was going to make a sequel to 1982's The Dark Crystal. Well, it's finally happening. Only now the Spierig Brothers, directors of the recent Sam Neill vampire thriller Daybreakers, are taking charge.

According to the press release, the Spierigs will direct what's being called Power of the Dark Crystal off a script written by Baz Luhrmann's Australian buddy Craig Pearce, whose previous credits include Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet; Brian Fround, Dark Crystal's original concept designer, will return to invent more Feline Gwyneth Paltrow characters.

And your perfectly-reasonable fears that the puppetry of the original will be replaced by Andy Serkis motion capture and the 3-D computer technologies of Avatar? Somewhat unfounded! The film will feature "a mix of live action and traditional puppetry combined with visual and special effects," with the CGI being done by the same company that did Where the Wild Things Are's seamless puppet/compu-face merging. The worrying about 3-D part was founded, though. It's totally going to be in 3-D. Everything is 3-D.

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