The Power of the Dark Crystal
In 1982 Jim Henson and Frank Oz (creators of the Muppets) released fantasy film Dark Crystal. The movie was criticised for being too dark and not being suitable for children. Despite this the movie has gained a cult following and a reputation for appealing to the older viewer in spite of it initially being intended as a kids movie.
The original movie tells the tale of Jen and Kira as they search for the missing shard of a magical crystal.
On the 4th of May 2010 a sequel was announced, called The Power of the Dark Crystal. The movie was written by David Odell, who co-wrote the original with Jim Henson. It will also be shot in 3D.
The story is set hundreds of years after the original when the world has fallen into darkness again. The main character is a girl named Thurma who is made of fire. Along with a Gelfling outcast she steals a shade from the crystal in a desperate attempt to reignite the dying sun in the centre of the planet.
Director Peter Spierig says that he aims to bring puppetry into the modern age, by teaming traditional puppetry with stop motion CGI and animatronics.