Disney Acquires Action-Adventure ‘Labyrinth’; Not a Remake of the 1986 Classic

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Screenwriter Larry Brenner has come a long way since winning third place in ScriptMag’s Big Break competition in 2010. The script that he submitted is already in production, and Brenner is currently working on an adaptation of Danielle Trussoni’s fantasy novel Angelology.

Now Deadline is reporting that Brenner has successfully pitched a script called Labyrinth to Disney, with Jim Whitaker (an executive producer for American Gangster and 8 Mile) set to produce through his company, Whitaker Entertainment.

Unfortunately for those of you who were excited by the headline, Disney’s Labyrinth will not be a remake of the 1986 cult classic of the same name, which featured a young Jennifer Connelly questing to rescue her baby brother from the grip of the Goblin King (David Bowie in alarmingly tight pants) and his army of Jim Henson creations. There will no doubt come a day when a film studio decides to remake that film, but we’re not there yet.

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Brenner’s pitch for Labyrinth does, however, feature a similar plot: the film is reportedly about a mythical princess who goes on a journey through a dangerous labyrinth on a quest to save her father. The one-line synopsis contains very few details about what to expect from the movie, but in an interview with ScriptMag  that was published following his Big Break win, Brenner described himself as “a Dungeons & Dragons playing, comic book reading, science fiction watching nerd.”

After he won the screenwriting competition, Brenner’s spec script Bethlehem made it onto the Hollywood Black List and was subsequently acquired by Universal. Bethlehem is quite a different project from the Disney family adventure that Brenner now has planned, and instead tells the story of a vampire tasked with protecting the group of humans that he feeds from, in the harsh landscape of a zombie apocalypse.

That’s three of Brenner’s scripts already in development, but will it be the vampire, the angel, or the princess who hits the big screen first?


We’ll keep you up to date on Labyrinth as the project develops.

Source: Deadline

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    • Really? You’d want such an amazing Henson film to be remade instead of a vague (see inclusion of female lead and labrinth) similar film?

      I like the guy is a DnD/Sci-Fi geek, I think it’ll make for a good original film.

      Couple of points of difference so people don’t think this is just a re-hash.

      *****SPOILER ON LABYRINTH (Bowie/Connelly film)*****

      – Original film does not have a Princess at all (though she pretends she is)
      – The original is actually an elaborate dream sequence
      – The ‘damsel in distress’ is a baby not a father

      I like the idea and look forward to any of the 3 films this guy has come up with original content for. Though I stand against any remake of Labyrinth unless they include Henson puppets and possibly cast Lilly Collins as the lead with Tom Hiddleston taking over from Bowie.

  1. I like the screenshot from The shining at the top of the page. The 80′s film was amazing when I was a little girl.. Bowie so needs to act again in something as I would definitely watch that. As for the actual news in the actual article, I wait to see the result when the film is complete.

  2. I was just talking to my wife yesterday about someone making a remake of labyrinth. I understand that this is not a remake but it’s close enough in my book. I hope this new film is made a cult classic as th other one was.

  3. Why don’t they just pick a new name for it? If it’s gonna trick people into seeing it thinking it is connected with the original one, that seems dishonest. They obviously know it’s going to get confusing.

  4. No…not remake.


    A prequel.

    A prequel set in medieval times, about one of the first victims of Jareth’s labyrinth.

    Before Sarah. Before Toby.

    Disney will show us how it all began…