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Netflix Unveils Prequel to Groundbreaking Jim Henson Film

May 18, 2017  •  Post A Comment

A 10-episode series coming to Netflix and produced by The Jim Henson Company revisits Henson’s groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite “The Dark Crystal.”

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” set years before the events of the original movie, starts shooting this fall.

“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,” Netflix said in today’s announcement.

The project returns to the world of Thra for an all-new adventure. “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,” Netflix notes.

Feature film director Louis Leterrier will executive produce the series and direct. The Netflix original series is produced by The Jim Henson Company and executive produced by Letterier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford.

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, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach.

Said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix: “‘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. I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

Added Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company: “Netflix has a deep respect for my father’s original work and the many people it inspired. 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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