The 1988 fantasy film Willow was under-appreciated in its day, but it’s now a fantasy cult classic. Disney+ is betting on the strength of its nostalgic appeal with the new fantasy series Willow, set decades after the events of the first film. And now we have an official trailer, which debuted at D23 Expo.
As we’ve reported previously, the original Willow was directed by Ron Howard, and it told the story of a child with a rune birthmark who was prophesied to bring about the downfall of the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. The child was set afloat on a grass raft and found by a village of little people (the Nelwyn). A Nelwyn dwarf sorcerer named Willow led a party to find a community of Daikini (tall people) to raise the baby. Many magical adventures ensued.
The Oscar-nominated film debuted to mixed critical reviews, but made a decent showing at the box office, earning $ 137.6 million globally—even though it never became the blockbuster hit producer George Lucas had hoped it would be. Lucas and Davis had discussed the possibility of a sequel series as early as 2005, but Disney+ didn’t give the project the green light until October 2020, with Howard on board as an executive producer.