Dark Crystal 2: meet the makers

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Jim Henson's children's movie The Dark Crystal has a special place in the hearts of children and adults alike.

CNET Australia recently spoke to the directors charged with the task of making a follow-up: Australians Michael and Peter Spierig.

The two were in town promoting the release of their latest film, Daybreakers, on Blu-ray and DVD. It's a vampire movie with a twist and stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill.

In the video, the brothers discuss the pressures of making the Power of the Dark Crystal — the follow-up of a highly-regarded film — and talk about the challenges of shooting it in 3D.

The twins also discuss their love for gadgets and the iPad, and even telling us — off-camera unfortunately — that they plan to write their scripts on the device, as well as use it for storyboards.

In the second video, the directors talk about the future of 3D and whether consumer-level 3D camcorders will ever take off.

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shonmynachaeese-soundgardenfellonblackdays posted a comment   

this is good news that they are actively acknowledging and working on the movie. henson pictures has always been very tightlipped about the production.

They have a blog for the movie that is almost NEVER updated.


NyulaRae posted a comment   

i heard it's gonna be in 3-D that is cool but i also hope they make it in 2D, for people that can't handle 3D movies, but really i'm really excited for this, i can't wait


ImJessieTR posted a comment   

Personally? I can't understand why they'd make one. However, all it takes is someone who has some actual vision and there can be a great story there. Just because something's old doesn't mean it can't be done better later (think Batman). The real problem isn't making sequels of dead franchises ... it's not having the mojo to wake the franchise back up. I'd love to see if these guys can pull it off.


shramiac posted a comment   

It'll be stinker! The original will never be equaled!

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