8:15am PT by Bryn Sandberg
'The Dark Crystal' Prequel Series Set at Netflix
A Dark Crystal prequel series is coming to Netflix.
The streamer has ordered 10 episodes of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a fantasy adventure show from The Jim Henson Company, set to debut later this year. The series will take place many years before the events of the 1982 film.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is set in the world of Thra. 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. The series will be shot in the U.K. and will star an ensemble of creatures created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop and Brian Froud, the original feature's conceptual designer.
Age of Resistance will be produced by The Jim Henson Company and executive produced by Louis Letterier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi will serve as a producer, and Henson's Blanca Lista will serve as a co-executive producer. Feature film director Leterrier (Now You See Me) will direct the series, while Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Life in a Year) and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost) will pen the script and serve as co-executive producers.
"The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis' vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects," Cindy Holland, vp original content at Netflix, said Thursday in a statement. "I can't wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life."
Added Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company: "Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life. Netflix has a deep respect for my father's original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in the Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world."
Check out the teaser for the series, below.