A few days ago, news of a new Labyrinth film began making its way across the internet, and while initial reports suggested that the film would be a remake of the ‘80s cult classic, EW has since learned that the new project will be a sequel, not a reboot. Now, screenwriter Nicole Perlman has taken to Twitter to clear up rumors about the film — and emphasize that it’s definitely not a reboot.
Perlman, who co-wrote Guardians of the Galaxy, said that she first started discussions with the Jim Henson Company more than a year ago, and she was upset by the suggestion that the project was only greenlit after David Bowie’s recent death.
“Henson Co & I started talking late 2014, so the timing of these rumors is so upsetting. I would never seek to profit from Bowie’s death,” Perlman tweeted. “Labyrinth is my favorite film from childhood, so I share your concerns that any continuation of the world be handled with love and respect.”
The 1986 original, which was directed by Jim Henson and starred Bowie as the Goblin King Jareth, was a box office bomb, but it’s since become a beloved classic.
“All I can say is that the timing for the story was awful; it felt like a punch in the gut,” Perlman told the Guardian. “Bowie’s music helped me through some of the hardest times of my life. I respect him as a musician, an actor, an icon and, most importantly, as a human being. It would have been a dream come true, to write something for him.”
See all of Perlman’s tweets below.