Fans of the cult-classic 1982 fantasy-adventure film The Dark Crystal, as created by celebrated American puppeteer Jim Henson and co-directed by frequent collaborator Frank Oz, are in for a real treat per an official announcement of production on a prequel television series being produced and distributed by Netflix. Well known by many fans of Henson’s work, the original film blended dark fantasy elements with Henson’s inherent whimsy previously perfected on the original The Muppet Show that debuted initially on ABC in the 1970s.
In keeping with the same narrative tradition that would make a welcome return in Henson’s equally beloved movie musical Labyrinth from 1986, The Dark Crystal received mixed-to-positive reviews upon initial release in the early 1980s, but has since established itself as a dark fantasy classic in its own right. Some thirty-plus years after the fact, the film remains a frequently cited work among Henson fans the world over, and the latest word has the franchise finally being revived for contemporary audiences on Netflix.
In the announcement trailer featured above, potential viewers can get their first look at the prequel series titled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance being co-produced by Netflix and The Jim Henson Company. Featuring an archival interview with the late Henson reflecting on all of the hard work and creative inspiration that was poured into the original film from 1982, the teaser definitely promises longtime fans a more than welcome return to one of the most original fantasy realms of the late 20th century.
Given the original feature’s outstanding legacy and continuing effect on subsequent generations, news of the production of a prequel television series in the form of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is sure to be met with plenty of enthusiasm and anticipation. With any luck, The Jim Henson Company and Netflix will manage to faithfully adapt the original source material into a contemporary TV production that honors Henson’s legacy and estate.
Only time will tell whether or not Netflix subscribers will tune in to stream The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance when it finally makes its way online, but with any luck those who grew up with the original feature length production – as well as those who had the good fortune to discover it later in life – will be pleased when the series sees release. In the meantime, here’s to hoping for the best from the forthcoming original series based on the cult-classic Jim Henson film.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance arrives soon on Netflix.