“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.” So reads the log line for the Dark Crystal series announced last week, which has no doubt been anticipated for a few decades by many fans of the original 1982 Jim Henson film. Given Netflix’s solid track record of creating original content and reawakening interest in older properties, it looks like a good home for this project. Equally exciting for Minnesota fans, local writer J. M. Lee—the author of the Dark Crystal YA book series that launched last summer—is part of the writing team behind this return to the world of Gelfling, Skesis, and Thra.
The Netflix series is a 10-episode prequel to The Dark Crystal. It is being directed by Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me), and the writing team is headed by Jeff Addiss and Will Matthews (Life in a Year) along with Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The 100, Lost, Middleman). The series will be shot in the UK and incorporate creations from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and fantasy artist Brian Froud, the original film’s conceptual designer. “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,” says 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.”
No details about principal photography or casting details are available at this time, and the trailer just says the series is “coming soon.” If you’d like to whet your appetite in the meantime, J. M. Lee’s Shadows of the Dark Crystal is now available in paperback, and Song of the Dark Crystal is out July 18, 2017. There will be a release party and signing for the new book at Minneapolis bookstore Wild Rumpus on July 15.