Walking Dead star Norman Reedus is creating a fantastic new TV series with the Jim Henson Company.
According to Variety, the live-action fantasy show is in its early stages, as Norman Reedus teams up with Brian and Wendy Froud to create the show’s creatures.
“Norman Reedus, the Frouds and the Jim Henson Company have come together to create a show, this is the mashup of my dreams,” said Halle Stanford, president of television at The Jim Henson Company.
The show will feature an all-new universe of creatures created by the Frouds, who previously worked on The Dark Crystal movie and TV show, as well as Labyrinth.
“Norman is an artist, and when I suggested to him, and if we did a series together with the Frouds that explores his love of magical creatures, he was so excited.”
Intended to be a primetime adventure series, unfortunately little is known about the project at this time, including its name. But we seem to be excited.
“They’re masters in the space of building fantasy worlds,” Reedus said, speaking of the Frouds. “I mean, a show about goblins, trolls, and otherworldly creatures?” There is no one in the universe better suited for this than the Henson Company.
Whether the series will feature goblins or trolls remains to be seen. And it’s just as likely that these mythical creatures will serve as the basis for entirely new monsters.
Although Netflix canceled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance after just one season, it seems the Jim Henson Company is still eager to explore that world.
“We are agile, we are resilient. We’re ready to jump,” Stanford said. “The minute someone wants to come back to [The Dark Crystal]it is a world on which we will continue to build and to think.
However, it is believed that this new project will be something else entirely.
“It’s an urban fantasy,” Stanford said. “It will be a magical world. But I have a feeling Norman is going to help us bring ‘punk’ back into ‘hope punk’. I also think people kinda like that punk in Henson’s heritage. The Muppets were the underdogs, our Goblin King with David Bowie was so cool…”
First Look Images of Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
“When you say ‘Jim Henson,’ it conjures up something in people,” she added. “So hopefully those who felt inspired by him, like Norman Reedus, will look to us as a new home to create these kinds of transformative and entertaining stories, and having something to say, but also kind of wanting push the television medium.
Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was even darker than the original film, and although they originally planned beyond the first season, the show was ultimately canceled long before it got there.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.