At New York Comic Con last year, Lisa Henson (Jim Henson‘s daughter) and director Louis Leterrier revealed that The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance stays faithful to the 1982 film in more ways than one. In the stunning first trailer for the series, that’s incredibly apparent.
Age of Resistance, a 10-episode prequel series premiering on Netflix later this year, navigates the time directly following when the Skeksis crack the Dark Crystal. Much like the original film, this new series was filmed using actual puppets, moved by actual puppeteers. Henson and Leterrier revealed at NYCC that the most “advanced” technology used in filming the series was green screen — there is no CGI.
Looking at the first trailer for the series, that feat is all the more impressive. The series will explore Gelfling culture and the puppets are absolutely stunning. For Dark Crystal and Jim Henson fans, this trailer posits brand-new adventures in a world they’ve loved for decades. Diving back into it after almost 40 years away will be nerve-wracking, but this trailer and the previously-released series images suggest that this isn’t just a nostalgic cash-grab. There’s heart here, as well as tons of respect for the original film.
Furthermore, at NYCC 2018, Letterier said, “[The Dark Crystal] was Jim Henson’s biggest, hardest task and his greatest achievement.” He added that the new series is “a work of love and a work of art and we can’t wait to share it with you.”
Check out The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance teaser trailer below. The series premieres on Netflix Aug. 30, 2019.