One of the most exciting bits of recent horror-adjacent news came in mid-May when Netflix made the surprise announcement that a 10-episode prequel to The Dark Crystal was in the works. The beautiful anomaly directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz led to decades of collaboration, but nothing ever recaptured the wonder, power, and terror of The Dark Crystal. There’s no release date at this time, but you can check out the teaser and a brief synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: Rediscover the age of wonder inspired by Jim Henson’s groundbreaking vision. Netflix Original Series ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ coming soon. “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.”
Perhaps timed to coincide with the premiere for the prequel, Insight Editions is releasing The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History. The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon, and the announcement came with some amazing, full-page previews of the marvels contained within; this is truly a tome fans of The Dark Crystal will consider a must-own. Have a look:
Official Synopsis: Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History is the definitive collection of rare artwork, interviews, and on-set photos from the beloved Jim Henson fantasy classic.
A true masterpiece brought to life by the ingenious puppetry and peerless storytelling of Jim Henson, Dark Crystal is revered by an entire generation of fans. For the first time, this deluxe and highly comprehensive book tells the complete story of this deeply personal Henson project, highlighting the unique creative journey and groundbreaking techniques that brought the film to the screen. Drawing from unseen archive interviews with Jim Henson and new interviews with the film’s behind-the-scenes creative team, Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History leaves no stone unturned in chronicling the entire production, from the initial concept based on themes close to Henson’s heart to the ingenious conceptual design, puppet construction, and logistics of the shoot itself. The book also delves into the wider world of Dark Crystal, exploring the creation of comics, novels, and other official projects inspired by the film.
This deluxe coffee-table book contains an in-depth look at the day-to-day production of the film and showcases a huge range of incredible visuals, including candid set photography, previously unseen concept art, storyboards, production notes, and more. The book also features a plethora of amazing removable items, such as script pages, notes and sketches from Henson, and other unique treasures. Definitive, enthralling, and revelatory, Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History is the last word on an enduring modern classic and the book that fans of the film have been waiting for.
We’ll keep you posted on all Dark Crystal Prequel news as details emerge, so stay tuned and check back often! In the meantime, take a stroll down Memory Lane with the trailer and synopsis for the original Dark Crystal below.
Official Synopsis: Jen (Stephen Garlick), raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to try to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the crystal was broken, the evil Skeksis used sinister means to gain control. Jen believes that he can repair the dark crystal and bring peace back to the world, if he can only find the remaining shard.