It was well over a year ago when we first heard about Netflix’s upcoming Dark Crystal prequel series, but updates have been few and far between since then. Now, Brian Henson has shared some new details on the show, and it sounds like it’s going to be arriving sooner than we expected.
During an appearance at DragonCon, the Jim Henson Company chairman told Bleeding Cool that the series has already been filming for close to a year. “It’s been shooting since last November — it’s so cool that Netflix could get behind it in such a big way so that we can do it RIGHT. I say we, but I’ve been doing Happytime Murders, so it’s really my sister’s [Lisa Henson] and Halle Stanford‘s project. They’ve really put together a great, great time in London. And I’ll be honest, I thought those days were gone. I thought by the ’80s, the idea of being able to walk into a stage and see an incredible fantasy world realized was just long gone because of CG and everything like that. But they’ve REALLY done it right. It’s GREAT. The workmanship is just stunning, the artistic quality is RIGHT THERE again; what I thought maybe was lost, it’s still there. They’ll be shooting for another few weeks, and then there will be a huge amount of post-production.”
This is certainly exciting news. The fact that the series is so far into production means it’s definitely happening, and we love how impressed Henson is with the production values. The film Dark Crystal was a stunning visual achievement, and it sounds like this new series is certainly going to live up to its predecessor’s reputation.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a prequel set long before the events of The Dark Crystal. The ten-episode series will feature puppet creatures created by Brian Froud, who was the conceptual designer on the original film, and will also feature some digital effects. While not much is known about the plot, it will center on “three Gelflings who discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, and set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.”
No release date has yet been announced for the series.