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David Bowie's 'Labyrinth' to get comic prequel

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David Bowie in 'Labyrinth'

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A new official prequel comic book is being written for David Bowie movie Labyrinth.

Comic publisher Archaia revealed that the new "tragic" story will be set before the events of the 1986 film directed by Muppets creator Jim Henson, but will be "true to the spirit of the original", which also starred Jennifer Connelly.

Editor-in-chief Stephen Christy told Entertainment Weekly: "We can say it's a prequel. It's the story of how Jareth is brought into the Labyrinth for the first time. So, it doesn't deal with Sarah, it doesn't deal with Toby or anything like that.

"It's a very tragic story that is the opposite of Sarah's, which has triumph at the end. It's a prequel, so we know what happens in the movie."



Illustrator Brian Froud, who worked on Labyrinth and 1982 Henson movie The Dark Crystal, will helm "all the character designs and all the covers and conceptualising and everything", Christy confirmed.

In a pair of polls to mark Bowie's 65th birthday on Sunday, Digital Spy readers voted the Labyrinth soundtrack as his eight-best album and 'Magic Dance' as his tenth-best song.



Of the possible inclusion of Bowie material in the new comic, Christy added: "I want to do songs where they're songs being sung [by characters] and we show the notes on the page, so you can actually play along.

"The budget to get Bowie to do one song would be the budget of all the books, but we're talking to him to at least get his blessing or maybe an introduction or something... He also has likeness approval."

The book is slated for a late 2012 release.

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