‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ series coming from Netflix

Netflix is on a roll, man. Today we have word of yet another new series on the horizon for everyone’s favorite streaming platform. Netflix are teaming up with The Jim Henson Company to bring a prequel to one of the 80s most beloved childhood stories; The Dark Crystal.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a 10-part series that takes place several years before the original 1982 film. Age of Resistance will return viewers to the world of Thra, with 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.

And most important of all? Yes, it’ll feature those amazing Jim Henson Company puppets. SCORE!

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis [Letterier]’s vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” said 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.”

Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) will serve as executive producer on the series and direct. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a Netflix original series 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 (Life in a Year), and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100).

“Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series.  He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life,” said 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.”

No footage has been shot yet, but Netflix have cut a nice little teaser for the series featuring footage of Jim Henson himself discussing the original film. Check it out:

I was one of those kids who cherished the darker childhood stories of my youth (The Dark Crystal, Secret of Nimh and Watership Down were all favorites), so the inner child in me is squeeing with delight. And because I trust The Jim Henson Company’s integrity and commitment to it’s founders vision, I’m not even concerned in a way I would be if this was pretty much anyone else. Basically, I expect the same dark, disturbing, and visually stunning world I was introduced to as a child, not a cleaned up, brighter version.

Now who do we have to pay to get Netflix to work with The Jim Henson Company on that long awaited and hoped for Farscape movie?

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