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The Dark Crystal prequel drama to film in UK

The Dark CrystalA TV drama prequel to Jim Henson’s 1982 puppet fantasy movie The Dark Crystal will shoot in the UK.

The original film follows fantasy creatures on a distant planet who must find the missing shard of a magical crystal to restore order to their world.

Co-directed by the late Jim Henson with Frank Oz, the production used a cast of puppet characters and became an iconic cult movie.

Filming was based at England’s Elstree Studios near London.

Louis Leterrier will direct the prequel series and will also be among the executive producers.

“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,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix. 

“I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

Television production in the UK is supported by a specific tax credit for high-end TV and animations, which offers a 25% rebate for productions that spend at least £1m per broadcast hour.

High-profile TV shoots based in the UK include The Crown, an ongoing drama telling the story of the Royal Family from the late 1940s. 

For more on filming in the UK see our production guide.

Main page image: Universal Pictures/Columbia Pictures/Jim Henson Productions

 






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