Fantasy puppet film The Dark Crystal has been given the greenlight for a long-awaited sequel.

Jim Henson's production company will once again create the puppets for the movie called POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL.

The sequel is set hundreds of years after the first picture, which hit cinemas in 1982, and follows the exploits of a mysterious girl, made of fire, in her bid to re-ignite the dying sun.

The film will be directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, who says, "The original Dark Crystal was the pinnacle of puppetry; they created characters that were as believable as the ones you see in animated films."