A sequel to 1980s fantasy classic Willow is coming to Disney Plus

midian182

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Something to look forward to: Do the words Madmartigan, Bavmorda, and Peck mean anything to you? If you do know your Daikini from your Nelwyn, here’s some exciting, or potentially horrific, news: Willow, Lucasfilm’s 1988 cult fantasy, is getting a sequel series that’s coming to Disney Plus.

Willow was one of several fantasy movies from the eighties that those who grew up in the era remember fondly—Legend, Krull, and The NeverEnding Story, to name some of the best. While it never gained rave reviews at the time—few of them did—the Ron Howard-directed Willow was a favorite among many 80’s kids.

The upcoming series will see Howard return as executive producer, along with original star Warwick Davis (Star Wars, Leprechaun), who plays the titular Willow Ufgood. Director duties for the pilot episode will fall to Crazy Rich Asians’ John M. Chu.

The original movie focuses on wannabe-sorcerer Willow as he fights to protect a baby called Elora Danan, who is prophesied to bring about the downfall of evil queen Bavmorda. He’s helped on his journey by some Brownies (fairies) and Daikini (humans), including mercenary Madmartigan, played by Val Kilmer.

“It’s creatively exciting to not only revisit the world and characters first conceived by George Lucas, Bob Dolman and myself but to see it take flight in such fresh, fun and cinematic ways through the imagination of Jon Kasdan and Team Willow,” said Howard. “This isn’t a nostalgic throw-back, it’s a creative lean-forward, and it’s a blast to be a part of it all.”

The series is set years after the original, though it's unclear if it will have any relation to the trilogy of novels that follow on from the film.

This won’t be the first 80s fantasy to be turned into a modern series. The Dark Crystal got the same treatment by Netflix. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was a prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson movie, and while it was well-received, Netflix canceled the show after just one season—but the streaming service does love killing off shows people enjoy.

There’s no word on when the Willow series will arrive. In the meantime, you can watch the original on Disney Plus.

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VitalyT

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It'll be similar to the Dark Crystal remake, got lots of people excited, but when it came out, it was like meh. Felt like it didn't really add anything good to the original, especially since the original was redone in 4K prior to that.

I think a better tribute to this movie would also be just to release 4K version of it.
 
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SolarisGuru

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Seems like a complete story from beginning to end in the movie. I see no reason for a sequel, although Willow is one of my top fantasy movies. I agree, just give us a 4K version!
 
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dangh

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I'm already afraid to see how badly will they butcher the story. They could come with some nice, original IP but it is easier to milk down anything which sold years ago. There are barely any interesting movies coming out, (nearly) everything is just CG eye candy with extremely predictable story.
 

avioza

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That was one of my favorite movies and a modern day sequel is unlikely to do it justice. Seeing how bad Disney Starwars turned out makes me concerned. Some book sequels were already written and they were not very good either.

Let Willow rest in peace.

 

emmzo

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I don`t know but lately, originality is either dead, or not politically correct, or too financially risky. I feel like all we`re going to see from now on is more sequels, prequels, remakes, remixed, re-imagined of everything that has ever had an ounce of success.