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Brian Henson Talks Netflix's 'Dark Crystal' at Dragon Con

If you'll recall, Netflix has a series from The Jim Henson Company on the docket which is currently in production based on The Dark Crystal. Which, of course, is what we wanted to ask Brian Henson about during his interview session at Dragon Con 2018.

Brian Henson Talks Netflix's 'Dark Crystal' at Dragon Con
Brian Henson during the Dragon Con 2018 interview session, photo by Bill Watters

"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."

And of course, we had to ask if there was anything he could tease fans with about possible familiar (or returning) characters from the original film [even though yes, we know it's a prequel].

"[he looks to the back of the room] Don't say anything? Ok, well, we've said it's a prequel, and it's not an immediate prequel, so it doesn't end when the movie started. It takes place significantly earlier than when the movie took place."

We're super hopeful this The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance  partnership will result in something special, and judging by Henson's comments on what he's seen of the production so far, it sounds like a real possibility.

Brian Henson Talks Netflix's 'Dark Crystal' at Dragon Con
Brian Henson during the Dragon Con 2018 interview session, photo by Bill Watters

There was also talk of the long-rumored Farscape movie project, and theoretically, if all goes well, we may see the continued space saga maybe finding a home on Netflix as well.

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Mary Anne ButlerAbout Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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