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New details arrive for Netflix’s Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance

October 28th, 2018 by Marc Comments

Some new details from the upcoming Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series from Netflix, which is a prequel to Jim Henson’s original dark masterpiece, The Dark Crystal.

And a cool little piece of news about the original movie too.

The new series (check out the teaser here) will be directed by The Incredible Hulk’s Louis Leterrier who recently talked about the project and revealed that the project will be made old school and the only CGI will be used to remove puppeteers from the green screen backgrounds. Yes!

“We’re not using CGI on this one. It’s puppets, man. Puppets!” Leterrier said.

“People have asked what the newest technology we’re bringing to this is, and I say, ‘Well it’s actually really old technology: green screen.’ We’re removing puppeteers where they are physically moving the puppets from the outside. But Jim didn’t have the ability to do that at the time of the movie. So even though that’s a really old visual effects technique, it’s an advance on the film. We were so pleased that it’s still pure puppetry because if you take the puppeteers out, they’re still moved by the puppeteers.”

Lisa Henson, Jim’s daughter, also revealed some details on the story: “In the original movie, Jen and Kira stop at the Wall of Destiny and they see the ruins of what was once a beautiful Gefling culture, and we took that as a jumping of point for the whole series.

“What was that culture, what was lost, what was that beautiful Gefling civilization? It’s very developed, with a big canvas with many different group of Gelflings…it’s rich.”

“Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. 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.”

We promised a little tad-bit from the original movie too and, if you already knew this we apologise, but it seems that the original movie from Jim Henson was never meant to be in English but rather in the language of the Skeksis… and there’s a video of what that would have been like, and holy crap it’s unnerving!

Check it out below:

Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) will executive produce the series and direct. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a Netflix original series produced by The Jim Henson Company and executive produced by Letterier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi will serve as producer and Henson’s Blanca Lista will serve as a co-executive producer. Leading the writing are co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, and Javier Grillo-Marxuach.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….