Netflix Announces The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Series
On Thursday morning, Netflix revealed that they’re bringing back Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s classic 1982 film, The Dark Crystal, as a 10 episode long television series. The new series will be titled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and will begin shooting this fall with Louis Leterrier directing.
If you’re worried about how the characters will be presented, have no fear. Just like the original film, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be made with puppets.
yes. it’s being made with puppets. not cgi animated characters, but puppets! sometimes the old ways are best! #thedarkcrystal
— javi grillo-marxuach (@OKBJGM) May 18, 2017
According to Deadline, the 10-episode series takes place decades before the original film, and will include brand new, “state-of-the-art creatures” created by Jim Hensons’ Creature Shop and Brian Froud, the conceptual designer behind The Dark Crystal.
If you’re unfamiliar with 1982’s The Dark Crystal, it was an incredibly ambitious (and dark) film from the Jim Henson company. It’s considered by many a masterpiece for its use of puppetry and animatronics.
The plot revolves around two young Gelflings named Jen and Kira. They go on a quest to restore balance by returning a lost shard to a powerful but broken gem that gave birth to two distinct races thousands of years ago: the terrifying Skeksis, and the gentle Mystics.
Age of Resistance will be set many years before the events of The Dark Crystal, so don’t expect to see either Jen or Kira. Considering how old some of the other characters are in the movie, there’s a good chance we’ll get to see a few familiar faces such as Augra or Emperor Skeksis.
The prequel series still has some ways to go before the premiere, but Netflix has just enough to share a teaser: