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In October 2014, news spread that a sequel to the film Labyrinth was in the works. An article on The Jim Henson Company's in-development film Which Witch published in Variety mentioned a Labyrinth sequel among several projects the company had in development.

It's also working on a quartet of legacy titles in the Henson library — a “Fraggle Rock” movie that’s been in development at New Regency; a sequel to 1982’s “The Dark Crystal”; a sequel to 1986’s “Labyrinth”; and a movie based on the Emmet Otter character.[1]

Many news sites picked up on the Labyrinth sequel news which spread viraly across the Internet.[2][3][4] Toby Froud, son of conceptual designer Brian Froud and who played Toby in the original film, tweeted of the reports: "I'm just finding out about the Labyrinth sequel myself. Very excited for the potential Froud, Henson collaboration!"[5]

However the Jim Henson Company cleared things up to Entertainment Weekly a day later. According to sources:

There are currently no plans to reboot, revive, or make a sequel to Labyrinth. It’s one of those legacy titles that is floated at most meetings, but, sadly, nothing is actually in development at the moment.[6]

Strong DVD sales of Labyrinth prompted the Jim Henson Company and Sony Pictures to look into making a sequel to Labyrinth in the early 2000s.[7] The Curse of the Goblin King was briefly used as a tentative title for such a project[8] and Brian Froud was contacted to provide conceptual designs and guidance once again[7], however the decision was ultimately made to avoid making a direct sequel to the film, and instead produce a fantasy film with a similar atmosphere that could stand along side the other titles in the Henson Company's library of fantasy films. Producer Michael Polis stated that the project became "something probably more closely associated with 'Labyrinth' in terms of style and substance."[7] Fantasy author Neil Gaiman and artist Dave McKean were hired to write and direct a film similar in spirit to Labyrinth and the fantasy film MirrorMask was produced by the Jim Henson Company and released in 2004.

In 2006, Tokyopop released a sequel manga entitled Return to Labyrinth. The four-part story was written by Jake T. Forbes and illustrated by Chris Lie. The story takes place fifteen years after the events of the original film and centers on Toby, who is now a teenager himself. Jareth sends his minions to capture Toby and return him to the Labyrinth to take his place as the heir to the Goblin Kingdom.

In 2011 Archaia Studios Press began development on a graphic novel that would serve as a prequel to the original 1986 film.[9] The book was to tell "the story of how Jareth became the Goblin King"[10] and featured a young Jareth who is taken to the Labyrinth by a witch.[11] Release was planned for early-2014, however the comic has yet to be released.


  1. Variety article
  2. Newsweek: Labyrinth Sequel Reportedly in the Works. October 10, 2014
  3. Dance Magic Dance Again. October 10, 2014
  4. MoviePhone: Is There Finally a 'Labyrinth' Sequel in the Works?. October 10, 2014
  5. @Toby_Froud - October 10, 2014
  6. Entertainment Weekly article
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Putting on the "MirrorMask": Executive Producer Michael Polis on the film. August 6, 2004
  8. Movie Review: Mirrormask. Stylus Magazine. October 26, 2005
  9. Entertainment Weekly
  10. Weekly
  11. Tough Pigs

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