One of the biggest horror news stories that dropped last week was about puppets. I’m not talking about the latest Puppet Master movie (which is currently in post-production); I’m talking about Netflix’s surprise announcement that a 10-episode prequel to 1982’s The Dark Crystal is in the works. Decades after its release, the film helmed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, remains a beautiful cinematic anomaly; a cerebral fantasy that appeals as much to adults as it does to children; a film that will please fans of Walt Disney and Clive Barker in equal measure.
Check out the teaser trailer and synopsis below for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance!
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.”
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While Jim Henson sadly passed away 1990, his Jim Henson’s Creature Shop is still going strong with his son Brian steering the ship. His Dark Crystal co-director Frank Oz, thankfully, is alive and well. After building a strong relationship on Crystal’s set, Oz became an integral component of many of Hansen’s future successes.
In addition to co-directing The Dark Crystal with Henson, Oz voiced 2 of the film’s most integral characters: The “whimpering” and manipulative Skeksis Chamberlain and wise sage Aughra, “The Keeper of Secrets”. The IMDB page for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is frustratingly bare, so it can’t be confirmed at this time if or in what capacity Oz will be involved—but who isn’t hoping he returns to reprise younger versions of Chamberlain and Aughra?
There has only been one tribe of Skeksis (and their gentle counterparts, The Mystics), so it stands to reason that younger Chamberlain must exist in this prequel storyline in some capacity. He’s also the most iconic and remembered Skeksis, and the only one we know by name (the others are listed in the credits under titles like “The Scientist”, “The Emperor”, and “The Historian”). Can there even be a Dark Crystal sequel without a prominent spot for Chamberlain? HMMMMMM? Hmmmmmm….
I scrutinized the teaser trailer above frame-by-frame for any confirmation of this conjecture and, while I found nothing concrete, there was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot of a puppet head (below). Is that you Chamberlin?
Are you excited for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix? Were you a fan of the original back in the day, or did you discover it later in life? Do you also hope Oz will be back to voice Chamberlain and Aughra? Let’s discuss in the Comments section! And check out the trailer and synopsis for the original Dark Crystal below!
Official Synopsis: Jen, 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.