Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance to Utilize Traditional Puppetry

This weekend at New York Comic Con more details were released about Netflix’s upcoming The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. During a panel on the series, director Louis Leterrier and creative executive producer Lisa Henson shared some details about the upcoming production. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a 10 episode series that will appear on Netflix. It is a prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson masterpiece The Dark Crystal.

Fans of The Dark Crystal walked away with a lot to be excited with for this series. First off, it was announced that traditional puppetry techniques will be utilized for this series. In fact, they won’t be utilizing CGI at all for the characters. “We’re not using CGI on this one,” Leterrier shared. “It’s puppets, man. Puppets!” Leterrier also shared that the project has been in development for seven years before partnering up with Netflix.

“In the original movie, Jen and Kira stop at the Wall of Destiny and they see the ruins of what was once a beautiful Gefling culture, and we took that as a jumping of point for the whole series,” said Henson. It can be surmised that the prequel may give a glimpse of the planet Thra before the Dark Crystal cracked.

“What was that culture, what was lost, what was that beautiful Gefling civilization? It’s very developed, with a big canvas with many different group of Gelflings…it’s rich,” Henson continued.

Henson also shared that inspiration was drawn from The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

This is going to be a series that not only will be focused on fans of the 1982 original, it will also aim to reach new fans. “We need to serve the fans…but also we need to create new fans. Kids these days, they haven’t seen puppets that look like this,” said Leterrier. “It’s different and sometimes quite scary. There’s action and drama and a few deaths,” he hinted. “You’re going to like it.”

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will arrive on Netflix sometime in 2019. What do you think of this return to the world of The Dark Crystal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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