The David Bowie movie Labyrinth is getting a reboot


For men and women of a certain age, Labyrinth was their introduction to the late, great David Bowie. The 1986 Jim Henson film starred Jennifer Connelly as a teenager who travels to a fantastic land in order to rescue her kidnapped baby brother. Dance magic ensues.

Given that we’re in an age of reboots, rehashes, and remakes, it should come as no surprise that there’s a Labyrinth reboot in the works. Nicole Perlman, who co-wrote Guardians of the Galaxy, has been hired to pen the reboot screenplay.

It’s unclear how Bowie’s role as the goblin king will fit into this reboot, as it may be a sequel or a restart to the franchise. It’ll also be difficult to replace Bowie in the role since there’s no one quite like him. Perhaps they could get Lady Gaga as a goblin queen given her shifting persona from pop-art popstar to high-class chanteuse (it owes a lot to Bowie). Maybe Bjork would work as well, and ditto the quirkily elfin Grimes.

Obviously no one can fill Bowie’s shoes, but who do you think could play the goblin king or the goblin queen in a Labyrinth reboot?

[via THR]

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