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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Prequel Series Coming to Netflix

May 18, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

Netflix and The Jim Henson Company officially announced today that a new prequel series is in the works based on the beloved classic, The Dark Crystal. The new prequel series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, is slated to debut on Netflix’s streaming video service. The series will be a 10-episode series set before the events of the 1982 fan-favorite film.

The upcoming series will be shot in the UK and will feature an ensemble of state-of-the-art creatures from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and Brian Froud, the original film’s conceptual designer. The show will be set many years before the events of the film, and it will return fans to the world of Thra with a 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.

Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) is attached to executive produce and direct the series. The show will be an original series for Netflix produced by The Jim Henson Company and executive produced by Leterrier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi will serve as produce, and Henson’s Blanca Lista will serve as a co-executive producer for the project. Co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews (Life in a Year), and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100) will lead the writing team for the show.

Speaking on the news, Netflix’s Cindy Holland stated: “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects. I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

Jim Henson Company CEO Lisa Henson stated: “Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life. Netflix has a deep respect for my father’s original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world.”