Netflix to Debut Prequel to Jim Henson’s ‘The Dark Crystal’

by Cate Lecuyer Marian  |  05.18.2017

Ten years before the events of 1982 fan favorite film The Dark Crystal, three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, and set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

This is the premise of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Netflix’s fantasy adventure prequel to the original Jim Henson movie.

Feature film director Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) will executive produce and direct the 10-episode series from The Jim Henson Company.

The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer. Shooting starts in the fall.

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, in a statement. “I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford also executive produce. Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi will serve as producer and Henson’s Blanca Lista will serve as a co-executive producer. Leading the writing are co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Life in a Year), and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100).

"Netflix has a deep respect for my father's original work and the many people it inspired,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company, in a statement. “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."

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