Netflix released a trailer today that is of particular interest to Jim Henson fans: It’s for an upcoming Netflix original series called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

Yeah.  A Dark Crystal series.  Check it out:

As reported by Variety and others, the series will be executive-produced and directed Louis Leterrier, of Now You See Me fame, with Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach writing.  Other producers and executive producers include Lisa Henson, Halle Stanford, veteran Henson producer Rita Peruggi, and JHC’s Blanca Lista.  We can expect to see 10 episodes.

You know, I like to think of myself as a cynical cool guy, so my instinct is to say something like, “Oh, great.  They’re reviving a property from 35 years ago.  And probably without most of the people who worked on the original.  I’m so cynical and cool.”

But then I see in the trailer that they appear to be using lots of animatronic puppets and practical effects — like, things that exist in real, three-dimensional space!  If that Skeksis from the final seconds is a new creature built for this series, it looks pretty darn good.  And then I remember that although The Dark Crystal was kind of a boring movie, the world it takes place in is strange and cool, and a talented creative team just might be able to do something new and special with it.

Is it cliché to say I’m cautiously optimistic?

Click here to be wonder whether the subtitle “Age of Resistance” is a deliberate nod to the current political climate on the Tough Pigs forum!

by Ryan Roe –


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