EXCLUSIVE: Scott Derrickson, who passed on reprising as director on Dr. Strange 2 over creative differences, has found a new fantasy franchise to take on. He has been set by TriStar Pictures to direct the sequel to Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Maggie Levin, who wrote and directed Into the Dark, and My Valentine for Hulu, will write the script.
The 1986 original starred David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly and has maintained a cult status for over three decades, leading to tie-in novels and comic books, video games, perennial screenings and even an annual fan masquerade ball, which is considered one the largest in the world.
Lisa Henson of The Jim Henson Company is producing. Brian Henson is executive producing. Derrickson is executive producing with his frequent collaborator C. Robert Cargill. Blanca Lista, SVP of feature film production for Henson, is shepherding the project for The Jim Henson Company.
Caellum Allan is supervising with Nicole Brown on behalf of TriStar Pictures.
Derrickson is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Ziffren Brittenham. Levin is repped for writing by Brillstein and Gang Tyre. Cargill is repped by Brillstein.