First announced in 2011, Archaia Studios Press was developing a graphic novel that would serve as a prequel to the 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth. The graphic novel was originally announced for release on April 29, 2014 but was replaced on Archaia's release calendar with a reprinting of the film's novelization.
The graphic novel has not been released.
The novel tells "the story of how Jareth became the Goblin King." The story features a young Jareth who is taken to the Labyrinth by a witch. Jareth was around the age Sarah was in the original film; Sarah and Toby do not play a significant role in the story.
Editor Stephen Christy has stated the graphic novel will be a "tragic story." While it was still in the early stages of development, there were plans for the novel to integrate music into the plot in some way. David Bowie was being approached by Archaia Comics in order to seek permission to use his likeness, and ascertain if he wishes to have any involvement in the project.
Brian Froud is serving as a creative consultant on the project. Froud will be producing covers for the series, as well as character designs.
It is uncertain how many volumes of the project will be released, with Christy stating that "we might do it as a two-volume thing."
Eventually, another series based around the concept of exploring the Goblin King's origins would emerge in the form of Labyrinth: Coronation
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