The nostalgia of the 1980’s fantasy films is reaching its peak. Actress Tami Stronach is developing a new fantasy film in conjunction with Jim Henson Studios. Stronach is the actress who portrayed the role of ‘Moon-Child’ (aka The Childlike Empress) in the the fantasy film The Neverending Story. She will executive produce and star in the new fantasy movie, titled Man & Witch.
Man & Witch Will Be An ‘Homage’ To 80’s Fantasy Films
Image via The Man & Witch Website
Man & Witch is a children’s fantasy movie written by Stronach’s husband Greg Steinbruner, and will be directed by Rob Margolies. It already boasts an impressive cast of actors who were popular in 80’s fantasy films. Sean Astin, Rhea Perlman, and Christopher Lloyd are all set to star in Man & Witch. Producers describe the movie as a “heartwarming homage to the lo-fi fantasy films of the ’80s.”
Stronach will play a mysterious witch who falls in love with a goatherd, while trying to break a curse by an evil wizard. This is Stronach’s first starring role since appearing as The Childlike Empress in The Neverending Story. According to the official website, all of the characters right now have generic titles instead of names. Perlman will play ‘The Wisewoman.” Christopher Lloyd is playing “The Alchemist.” And Michael Emerson is in the role of “The Evil Wizard.” Interestingly, Sean Astin has been cast as “The Dog,” so we may only get his voice in this movie.
We also know that the Jim Henson Creature Shop is involved in the film. Since the success of Netflix’s Dark Crystal prequel last year, puppets are making a comeback. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “comic roles of the talking sheep, goose and dog, which will be portrayed by a mixture of real animals and puppets.”
The film sounds like it is a return to the fairy-tale like films of the 80’s. Producers are promising a “comic adventure that both fulfills and subverts the expectations of what a fantasy universe can be.” But in order to truly adhere to the spirit of those earlier films, there must be layers of darkness and complexity. You don’t find that in many children’s movies these days.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.