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The Power of the Dark Crystal gains directors

TheDarkCrystal.jpgTwo directors have boarded the sequel to The Dark Crystal, the 1982 film from Jim Henson and Frank Oz, with uncredited direction from Gary Kurtz – three directors? - Power of the Dark Crystal.

The new film would perhaps have made Henson cringe, and there's no word yet of what Oz thinks of it, after all it's set for 3D and to use CGI motion capture.

The plot for the new film goes something like this, hundreds of years after the events of the original film, the world has once again falled into darkness. A mysterious girl made of fire teams up with a Gelfing outcast to steal a shard of the Dark Crystal in an attempt to reignite the dying sun at the centre of the planet.

The two directors lined up are the Spierig Brothers, Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig, who wrote and directed Undead and Daybreakers, now that does sound like a rather unusual choice for the task in hand.

Talking through the press release on The Power of the Dark Crystal Coming Soon Michael Spierig said:

”We feel a tremendous amount of responsibility in telling this story with the same meticulous care that Jim Henson and Frank Oz gave the 1982 original.”

With Peter Spierig echoing the sentiments but also pointing out that those muppets are getting a makeover:

”This is a chance to take the world of puppetry into the modern age by using modern techniques (like motion capture CGI) and the tried and true methods (like puppetry and animatronics) to create a one hundred percent real world that is unique to The Dark Crystal.”

I'm torn here, there's so much charm and allure in the original from the fact that everything is practically made with puppetry, and the idea of pouring in motion capture CGI and 3D seems rather abhorrent to what the original was about.

However time has moved on from the original The Dark Crystal, and they aren't talking about recreating the entire film in CGI, at least they are talking about supplementing, or merging the two. Mind you, the inclusion of 3D in there does concern me a little and I wonder if they would be better just staying clear of it.

Mind you, it's happening, and who's to say if Jim Henson wasn't around today that he'd be taking the muppet film-making in this direction? What do you think?



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