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After a year spent in production hell, Jim Henson fans will finally be getting a Dark Crystal sequel, just in a different form than they were expecting.
BOOM! Studios announced Monday that the long-awaited story The Power of the Dark Crystal would be adapted into a 12-issue comic series, based on an unproduced screenplay.
The series will pick up years after the events of the first film, with Jen and Kira now as an out-of-touch king and queen and another threat to the world from one of the crystal shards. It introduces a new character, named Thurma.
“Thurma is a young Fireling tasked with stealing a shard of the Dark Crystal to restore power to her realm,” the official synopsis says. “Along the way she’ll befriend the young Gelfling Kensho, accidentally bring back the Skeksis and Mystics, and embark on one incredible adventure.”
British writer Simon Spurrier, known for Cry Havoc and his work on a recent run of X-Force will be adapting the script, which was written by David Odell, who wrote the original, Annette Odell, and Craig Pearce.
The sequel’s production has been troubled for decades. When Henson was still alive, he had written down some ideas for a sequel. In 2005, the sequel was officially announced but has been put on hiatus numerous times since.
The film has been attached to people such as Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory and Hotel Transylvania) and Australian indie filmmaker Shane Abbess. Abbess has been one of the few who’s gone on the record about his problems with the production, stating in a Guardian interview last year that he believed the producers didn’t care about Henson’s intentions for the sequel.
“When I quit The Dark Crystal it was because I’d fallen in love with Jim’s handwritten notes on what his sequel idea was,” he said. “All I wanted to do, for the fans and myself, was shoot his version of the film. But nobody gave a shit about what Jim Henson wanted.”
While The Dark Crystal has become a cult success years after its release in 1982, at the time, it garnered a mixed response from critics. It’s high fantasy, bleak, and dense with lore so that it won’t appeal to everybody. This might explain the hesitancy from producers on the sequel. However, because of this cult appeal, the Henson company wanted to make sure the story got out to the public in some form.
“The creativity that went into writing and designing the feature film was such that we wanted our fans to be able to see and enjoy it now through this comic book series,” said Lisa Henson, President, and CEO of the Jim Henson Company. “We are very proud of the story that the screenwriters David Odell, Annette Odell, and Craig Pearce wrote. Our partners at Archaia and BOOM! Studios are the only people we could trust to expand and illustrate the story, and we are thrilled that it will soon see the light of day!”
The first issue of The Power of the Dark Crystal will be released digitally and in comic stores Feb. 15, 2017, just in time for the film’s 25th anniversary.
Courtesy BOOM! Studios