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Netflix orders 10 episodes of 'Dark Crystal' TV series

UPI News Service, 05/19/2017 

Netflix says it plans to air 10 episodes of The Jim Henson Company's "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" TV series.

To be shot in the United Kingdom, the program is a prequel to the 1982 fantasy movie "The Dark Crystal."

It will feature characters created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop and Brian Froud, the original film's conceptual designer.

Louis Leterrier will executive produce and direct the series. No casting has been announced yet.

"'The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance' will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis' vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects," Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix, said in a statement Thursday.

"I can't wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life."

"Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of 'The Dark Crystal' and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life," added Lisa Henson, chief executive officer of The Jim Henson Company.

"Netflix has a deep respect for my father's original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in 'The Dark Crystal' story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world."

Jim Henson was the creator of The Muppets, which appeared in "The Muppet Show," "Sesame Street" and numerous other movies and TV shows.

He also worked on "Fraggle Rock" and "Labyrith" before he died in 1990 at the age of 53.

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