Seit der grosse Kristall sein Licht und damit seine magische Kraft verlor, beherrschen die raubvogelähnlichen Skeksis das Land. Nur ein Gelfling"kann dem Kristall das Licht zurückbringen und die Schreckensherrschaft der Skeksis beenden. Der junge Jen, einer der letzten Gelflinge, nimmt dem Kampf gegen die Skeksis und die Suche nach dem Kristall auf. Wenn die drei Sonnen in einem günstigen Winkel stehen, kann er dem erkalteten Kristall sein Licht wiedergeben und dem wundersamen Land den Frieden zurückbringen...
CS! sprach mit Michael und Peter Spierig .. [...]"We had been talking to Henson for quite a while and went in talking about different projects," said Peter of their initial conversations. "They showed us some concept material for 'Dark Crystal' and we absolutely flipped for it. It's been such a big part of our childhood. They basically asked us if we were interested and we were like, are you kidding? It's going to be our lives for a few years, maybe longer."
The sequel marks a departure of sorts for the pair who are known for their bloody romps Undead and the aforementioned bloodsucker film starring Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe. But they say fans will definitely be able to feel the Spierig brother energy felt in those films throughout the Dark Crystal. "We wouldn't attach ourselves to the material if it didn't connect to our sensibilities," Michael affirms. "To be honest, the first film is, when I was young, pretty scary stuff. This will certainly have scary elements to it. It's not a horror film by any means, its just got a really solid mythology and solid idea. There are so many great characters. Great new characters and some of the favorites from the previous film will return. It's not a remake. It's a continuing story and we use the world of the first film to go further." [...]
CS! meldet... In a joint announcement by Omnilab Media's Christopher Mapp and The Jim Henson Company's Lisa Henson, Australian based Omnilab Media is teaming up with The Jim Henson Company to bring the fantasy sequel Power of the Dark Crystal to the big screen in stereoscopic 3D.
Power of the Dark Crystal will be produced by the Australia-based production arm of Omnilab Media, Ambience Entertainment. The Jim Henson Company's executive producers are Brian Henson, Lisa Henson and Jason Lust. Omnilab Media's executive producers are Christopher Mapp, Matthew Street and David Whealy. Cinemarket Films' Peter D. Graves (Terminator Salvation) rounds out the executive producer team.
Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig, writers and directors of Undead and most recently, Daybreakers, have come aboard to direct the screenplay written by Australian Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge!, Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet) based on an original script by Annette Duffy and David Odell. The legendary fantasy artist Brian Froud will reprise his role as conceptual designer of the film, which will use a mix of live action and traditional puppetry combined with visual and special effects produced entirely in Australia. Omnilab-affiliated Iloura (Where the Wild Things Are, "The Pacific," Don't Be Afraid of the Dark) has already begun work on the film's complex CGI elements. With this team in place, next steps will be to secure worldwide distribution.
"'Power of the Dark Crystal' is an exciting and ambitious undertaking and, having worked on previous projects with the top-notch talent and crews that Australia offers, we know we have assembled the right team to deliver the sequel to one of the most enduringly popular titles in the Henson library. Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig are sure to create a film that will continue the legacy of the original and exceed the expectations of our loyal fans," said Lisa Henson, CEO of the The Jim Henson Company. "We are especially enthusiastic to be working with Omnilab Media, a strong and growing force in worldwide film finance and production."
"We are very pleased to be producing this wonderful and fantastical film in Australia. 'Power of The Dark Crystal' will showcase the depth of talent Australia has to offer up on the international stage, including the extremely gifted directing team of Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig. The Jim Henson Company has consistently delivered an amazing range of entertainment over generations and is an iconic creative studio that we are proud to have partner with us," added Christopher Mapp from Omnilab Media.
Michael Spierig said, "We feel a tremendous amount of responsibility in telling this story with the same meticulous care that Jim Henson and Frank Oz gave the 1982 original." Added Peter Spierig, "This is a chance to take the world of puppetry into the modern age by using modern techniques (like motion capture CGI) and the tried and true methods (like puppetry and animatronics) to create a one hundred percent real world that is unique to 'The Dark Crystal.'"
Set hundreds of years after the events of the first movie when the world has once again fallen into darkness, Power of the Dark Crystal follows the adventures of a mysterious girl made of fire who, together with a Gelfling outcast, steals a shard of the legendary Crystal in an attempt to reignite the dying sun that exists at the center of the planet.
MTV sprach mit Brian Henson... [...] "We have a 'Dark Crystal' sequel, called 'The Power of the Dark Crystal.' It has a very strong script." [...]
"Both of those projects... are very close to going into pre-production," Henson said. "They're both really ready to go. [The studio is] just [in the process of] putting together the final finance pieces and the final distribution pieces."
The Muppet Newsflash meldete kürzlich... Back in 2005 The Jim Henson Company announced plans to produce "Power of the Dark Crystal," a sequel to Jim Henson's classic 1982 film "The Dark Crystal". Since the initial announcement, fans have been clamoring for any news regarding the development and status of this highly-anticipated production. The film has had its share of pre-production setbacks that have nonetheless slowed the process of producing this ambitious film; however I have been reassured that the company remains as committed as ever to bringing the project to the screen.
The project has undergone several reworkings and overhauls and is finally preparing to move out of pre-production. The film's epic screenplay was recently rewritten by screenwriter Craig Pearce ("Moulin Rouge!", "Romeo + Juliet"), and producer Lisa Henson says that the film now has a "really great script."
The Jim Henson Company is now partnering with Australian production company Omnilab Media to produce their "Dark Crystal" sequel. Henson previously partnered with Omnilab to produce the television series "Farscape" from 1999-2003. The Jim Henson Company is preparing to unveil some more concrete announcements very soon, so a lot more information should be rolling out in the not so distant future.
The movie is not expected to hit theaters until 2011 (so fans still have some waiting to do), however I've been told that things are on track and continuing to move along. I will be sure to keep you updated as more information is released regarding this highly-anticipated feature film.
The Power of the Dark Crystal Blog meldet... The Jim Henson Company held a special Q&A session at the 2007 ComicCon International convention in San Diego. Brian Henson, Lisa Henson, John Chandler, Halle Stanford, Patrick Bristow and Julianne Buescher were on site to answer questions from the audience. Inevitably some questions about Power of the Dark Crystal came up; here is what Henson had to say:
"We’re working on 'Power of the Dark Crystal' and those are animatronics puppets but with a whole lot of cool compositing techniques and animation enhancement that will be animatronics better then you’ve ever seen them done."
- Brian Henson
"All of this is cloaked in secrecy...there is something great coming along... Fans of 'The Dark Crystal' did detect that we were moving a little slowly, and it’s kind of true, we had a little setback but are back on track. The movie will not be coming out until 2009 so we’re not going to be showing anything for a while."
Bei AICN gibt es Storyboards zu "The Power of the Dark Crystal", die aus einem MTV Movies-Interview mit dem Regisseur Genndy Tartakovsky stammen... [...] Tartakovsky was hand-selected by George Lucas to create the "Clone Wars" cartoons for his "Star Wars" universe [..], a series so beloved that many fans consider it to be the prequel Lucas should have made. Now he's ready to once again bring renewed life to a legend's passion project. And after the original flick's clunky Garthim-versus-Landstriders battle and Jen's laugh-out-loud climactic jump onto the crystal, audiences are likely to appreciate the skilled touch of an action director.
"We can have a puppeteer in a blue suit holding the puppets and moving them around, and then we'll just take the puppeteer out," Tartakovsky said, going far beyond the days when Henson had four or five people squatting beneath each puppet. "Now we can put the puppet's feet on the puppeteer and connect their hands, and they can actually move them around."
The "Crouching Tiger"-esque results will then be placed on backgrounds that will replace the "Land of the Lost" look with sets that make you feel like you've fallen into one of Froud's books. "The new technology will take it to another level," the illustrator said. "When Jim Henson came to visit me in England, he loved the landscape, the rocks, the trees all covered in moss, the streams. I want 'Dark Crystal' to feel like that.
"A great friend of mine is Alan Lee, who won an Oscar for his designs for 'Lord of the Rings,' " Froud continued. "People often say, 'Why does "Dark Crystal" look like "The Lord of the Rings"?' And I say, 'Well, both Alan and I live in the same village, in the same English landscape, and as artists we are informed by our own landscapes.' "
Now that audiences have fallen in love with Lee's style - and the computer-generated hobbits, elves and walking trees that came with it - they may finally be ready for a drop-kicking Muppet. Tartakovsky is happy to oblige, working with Froud on updated versions of Jen and Kira, the mystic urSol, one-eyed psychic Aughra, the Skeksis and the Garthim.
"We will definitely have some of the puppeteers do the voices, but coming from animation, I have such respect and adoration for the voice-over community. I want to put that into the mix too," Tartakovsky said. "And maybe some celebrities. Who knows?
"We have a lot of conception design done," Tartakovsky continued. "We'll start pre-production this fall, and then by next fall we will probably have a release." [...]
Bei AICN gibt es einen Promo-Flyer zum Sequel, der folgende Details zum Plot enthüllt... [...] Set many years after the events of the first movie, Power of the Dark Crystal reintroduces several characters from the original film including the Skeksis and Mystics, in addition to new characters, such as Thurma, a mysterious girl from the center of the planet. To save her home which is in great peril, Thurma journeys to the Castle of the Chrystal to request a shard of the legendary Dark Chrystal. [...]
Now Playing Magazine sprach kürzlich mit Brian Henson... [...] On the front burner for Henson is a sequel to the cult classic The Dark Crystal. "We are trying to pull the business pieces together on a Dark Crystal sequel. That one’s pretty far along. It’s got a good, strong script, a great vision for how to do it and we’re just trying to [put it together]."
Much of the talent involved with the original Dark Crystal has left the Henson Company, so recreating that world will take more than just rebuilding the puppets. "For Dark Crystal, almost none of the voices were actually the puppeteers, so they were mostly voice artists. Where characters need to have the same voice we would likely try to find those voice artists or look for other voice artists."
If Dark Crystal 2 happens, the obvious follow-up to Labyrinth would not be far behind. But Henson’s not thinking of an outright sequel for that world. "Actually, we’re talking about doing something different with Labyrinth but I can’t really talk about it. So we’re not really working on a sequel for Labyrinth right now, but Dark Crystal we are."
Bei CS! gibt es Neuigkeiten zum Sequel... [...] "Star Wars : Clone Wars" helmer Genndy Tartakovsky has been handed the keys to the puppet cupboard and will shoot the film, called "Power of the Dark Crystal", late Summer.
The director’s Orphanage Animation Studios will take the lead on the CG animation elements for the puppet-driven film, says the trade.
This one is set hundreds of years following the events of the first film, with a mysterious girl made of fire stealing a shard of the crystal in hopes of reigniting the dying sun.
CS! meldet... The Jim Henson Company is planning to make a sequel to its 1982 fantasy classic The Dark Crystal, reports Variety.
Titled The Power of the Dark Crystal, the new movie is written by David Odell (The Dark Crystal, The Muppet Show) and Annette Duffy. No director is yet attached to the film which starts shooting this fall for a 2007 release. It will combine live-action animatronic characters with CG animation.
The story is set many years after the original, which was helmed by Frank Oz and Jim Henson. Original heroes Jen and Kira are now king and queen, and must fight to save their kingdom when the crystal is once again split.
The company is also developing an animated series, interactive games and other media as well.
Der Dunkle Kristall DVD & Video
Der Dunkle Kristall (Special Edition) Regionalcode 2 FSK: Freigegeben ab 12 Jahren DVD Erscheinungstermin: 9. März 2004
DVD Features: Das Mithra-Konzept; Charaktere - Illustrationen;
Storyboards; Making of 'Die Welt des Dunklen Kristalls'; Entfallene Szenen;
Charakterprofile; Künstlerprofile (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Biran Froud); Trailer