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Dark Crystal 2 Getting Stringed

Published February 1, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Jim Henson Co
Dark Crystal The Dark Crystal
The only thing I can really remember about The Dark Crystal is that I wasn't able to get to sleep after watching it (that stuff is scary when a little kid) and that one of the creatures (to the right) looked exactly like a girl I knew in high school.

However, it looks like I may now have to refresh my memory since Jim Henson Co. have decided that a sequel is in order.

Power of the Dark Crystal

According to Variety, The Jim Henson Co. has set Genndy Tartakovsky to direct Power of the Dark Crystal, sequel to 1982 fantasy film The Dark Crystal.

Tartakovsky, known for the incredible animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will involve his Orphanage Animation Studios to take the lead on the CG animation elements for the puppet-driven film.

Set hundreds of years after the first movie, the sequel follows a mysterious girl made of fire who steals a shard of the crystal in hopes of reigniting the dying sun.

Funding for the film has fallen on the Jim Henson Co. but they plan to find buyers to support international distribution of the film.

"The original Dark Crystal was the pinnacle of puppetry; they created characters that were as believable as the ones you see in animated films," Tartakovsky said. Tartakovsky said that unlike in the pricey original film, for which otherworldly sets were built, the puppets this time around will operate amid a CGI backdrop.

"There is a limited budget here, and this will be more artsy, in a Sin City fashion, with characters performing over greenscreen and great backgrounds behind it," he said.

The addition of CG this time around can actually give the film a more stylized look; which I dig.

Stay tuned for updates.

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