The classic fantasy can continue on the Disney + subscription service.

Less well known than the Star Wars saga or the Indiana Jones movies, but I think there are still some of you who remember the 1988 Willow. The film, directed by Ron Howard, didn’t blow up the box office, but it didn’t deliver a monster: at $ 35 million in filming costs, it managed to bring in $ 110 million in revenue, but that was not enough to continue.

Willow was a classic fantasy story, and its protagonist, Willow Ufgood, was played by Warwick Davis, who from the Jedi Return may be familiar to you as the ewok Wicket. Willow tried to save a baby named Elora Danan from the evil Queen Bavmorda, and during his adventure he became the companion of the mercenary Madmartigan, who was otherwise played by Val Kilmer. The arc of the story clearly showed that the creators envisioned Willow as a sequel to the story, but the studio eventually decided it wasn’t worth filming new episodes. Instead, the plot continued to roll in novels, and between 1995 and 2000, George Lucas and Chris Claremont, also known as the creator of the Uncanny X-Men comics, wrote a total of three novels (Shadow Moon, Shadow Dawn, and Shadow Star). The novel trilogy, called Chronicles of the Shadow War, took place 15 years after the film’s events and was now starring a teenager, Elora Danan.

We don’t know yet if the new series is based on these volumes, but it is certain that Jonathan Kasdan will be working on the pilot episode – he wrote last year’s Solo: A Star Wars story, and he’s still nailing the new 2021 Indiana Jones movie script as well. Kathleen Kennedy told the Los Angeles Times about all this recently. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the series, as in May of this year, The Verge has already written about a Willow series being made for Disney +. The name of Jonathan Kasdan and Ron Howard, the director of the original film, were already mentioned. We don’t know yet how Howard will really work on the new series, but we would definitely be happy for him if the original director took over the whole project.

Have you seen 1988 Willow?

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