Eighties fantasy film Labyrinth is to get a graphic novel prequel later this year through comics publisher Archaia.
Illustrator Brian Froud, who worked on the original film, will oversee character design and conception.
“It’s the story of how Jareth is brought into the Labyrinth for the first time. So, it doesn’t deal with Sarah, it doesn’t deal with Toby or anything like that,” Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy told Entertainment Weekly.
“It’s a very tragic story that is the opposite of Sarah’s, which has triumph at the end. It’s a prequel, so we know what happens in the movie. We know how it’s going to end: Jareth is going to be the Goblin King … so we’re showing how he’s pulled into the labyrinth for the first time. It’s going to be cool. We’re switching up the dynamic of it, but what we’re doing is completely true to the spirit of the original.”
Released in 1986, Labyrinth told of young girl Sarah’s quest to rescue her baby brother Toby from the labyrinth of the Goblin King, after she wishes the goblins will take him away in a fit of anger. Jennifer Connelly played the part of Sarah, with a big-haired David Bowie attempting to seduce her into staying with him in the labyrinth as the Goblin King Jareth.
Christy said that “a whole generation” grew up with the film, and that it was “a big deal to a lot” of people. “It was one of those movies that stays with you from your childhood. We can probably count on two hands the movies that really affected us when we were kids, and I think for a lot of people Labyrinth was one of them,” he added.