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What classic titles should Disney revive after Willow?

Boorman (Amar Chadha-Patel), Dove (Ellie Bamber), Kit (Ruby Cruz), Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) and Jade (Erin Kellyman) in Willow - Disney Plus Revivals

Disney is in full IP mode, expanding franchises and relaunching old properties on its streamer Disney Plus. A big new show, released alongside a slew of titles like The Mandalorian and Andor, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, Disenchanted, The Santa Clauses, and more, is Willow, a big-budget follow-up to the 1988 fantasy series of the same name Movie. All of these new streaming shows and movies beg the question: What classic title will Disney reboot next?

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With Disney now owning Marvel, National Geographic, Lucasfilm and what was formerly known as 20th Century Fox, the entertainment giant has plenty of classic titles to work with. Willow was not a huge success upon release, receiving fairly mixed reviews from critics. Still, it developed a modest following over the years. The story of a young man who finds an abandoned baby destined to defeat an evil queen has many parallels to that of JRR Tolkien Lord of the Rings, so it’s not hard to see why Disney might use it as the basis for their own fantasy epic. Amazon has The Lord of the Rings: The Power Rings, HBO Max has Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon, and Netflix has The Witcher, after all.

Below is a list of titles that Disney could potentially revive. Many are from Lucasfilm, although this list includes titles from all of Disney’s holdings. They probably won’t all come to fruition when Disney Plus restarts, but it never hurts to wonder what’s possible.

You can watch the new Willow series on Disney Plus starting November 30th by clicking the link below.

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Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal has already been revived as a streaming series on Netflix, but what about his other 80s fantasy classic? Willow is often discussed in the same category as Labyrinth. Rumors of a sequel involving various directors have been circulating for years, but nothing has come of it so far. A series set in the mythical maze could be a great starting point for further adventures, perhaps with a new goblin king since David Bowie has passed away. There would also be plenty of opportunities to bring in new human characters.

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Netflix remains the leading premium streaming service with over 200 million subscribers worldwide. It offers thousands of movies and TV shows to binge watch, including its ever-growing list of original movies and series, including Stranger Things, The Witcher, Bridgerton, and many more.

Indiana Jones

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This is a no-brainer, and in fact Disney is already planning to develop a series set in the Indiana Jones universe. Until then, we must ask ourselves what lies ahead. Disney, the biggest Lucasfilm property after Star Wars, still hasn’t done anything with Jones, although a fifth film is currently in the works that will see Harrison Ford reprise his iconic role. There are many directions an Indiana Jones series could go on Disney Plus. Perhaps another prequel about young Indiana Jones, like the short-lived Family Channel series. Or a look at Indy after the events of The Last Crusade. There are also a variety of supporting characters that could anchor a spinoff.

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Paramount Plus includes thousands of movies and TV shows from CBS, Showtime and Paramount Pictures. It also includes new and original movies like The Good Fight, Infinite and more.

American graffiti

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George Lucas’ American Graffiti may not be high on Disney’s list for a Lucasfilm revival on Disney Plus, but it could still make for a fun show. The original, a portrait of youth from the 1960s, could easily be brought back to look at a new generation of kids and check out their Boomer parents. We’re not holding our breath, but Disney has the rights. It would be a fun alternative to the big-budget fantasy series currently emerging from the company’s Lucasfilm acquisition.

FernGully: The Last Rainforest

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On the animation side, Disney has inherited many films that were once considered competition for its own animated production. One of these films is FernGully. The star-studded feature follows the residents of a rainforest set to be demolished by a logging company. The film’s environmental message could certainly be updated to address today’s global challenges. Animation or live-action, a FernGully revival on Disney Plus would likely attract plenty of fans of the original.

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boy guns

Westerns aren’t the hottest genre right now, but they may be making a comeback. Based on a true story, Young Guns follows a group of gunslingers hired to protect a rancher’s land from armed criminals in New Mexico in the 19th century. The film could either be remade or adapted as a series. A revival series on Disney Plus could also see the band reuniting alongside young new recruits for a new adventure.

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Hulu not only offers thousands of movies and TV shows to stream, but also original shows and movies like The Handmaid’s Tale. You can upgrade to Hulu Plus Live TV to get live channels, including your local stations.

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Ron Howard was first approached by George Lucas to direct Willow while he was wrapping up production on Cocoon, which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film about aliens accidentally granting extended youth to residents of a Florida retirement home already has a sequel. There’s no reason Disney couldn’t start a show or movie franchise around the aliens returning to Earth and meeting a new group of humans.

Cocoon is not currently streaming anywhere or available on VOD.

Howard the duck

Howard the duck

Bridging the gap between Marvel and Lucasfilm is Howard the Duck, a legacy character who made cameo appearances in the MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy and What If…? Cartoon. The film, produced by George Lucas, shows how a duck is accidentally transported to Earth from a duck planet. Howard the Duck bombed, but it’s since developed a cult following. Lea Thompson, who starred in the original film, has expressed interest in revisiting the property and would even like to direct a rebooted film. So far, Disney hasn’t backed down, but maybe a Disney Plus series would be a good movie.

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NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service offers many great movies and TV shows for streaming on demand, along with live news and sports. Best of all, you can watch a lot of content for free or watch everything with a paid subscription starting at just $4.99 per month.

Jennifer’s body

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This one might be a little R-rated for Disney Plus, but the streamer has recently softened its stance on content made for a more mature audience. This 2009 cult-favorite about a demon-possessed teenage girl who goes on a murder spree was bombed when it was released. Since then it has been celebrated as a queer, feminist horror classic. Screenwriter Diablo Cody and star Megan Fox have both expressed interest in doing a TV show of Jennifer’s Body, so it’s not entirely out of the question.

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planet of monkeys

Planet of the Apes has been revived many times. First with numerous sequels, then with a 2001 remake by Tim Burton and again with an acclaimed trilogy of new films in the 2010s. Disney’s 20th Century Studios is already working on sequels to the last three films. But maybe the world of Planet of the Apes could also support a series on Disney Plus. Set in the original timeline of the film series, in the newer prequels we might return to the more established ape civilization, which is still in its infancy.

Those are a few titles that could easily lend themselves to a Disney Plus revival. What are your favorite movies and shows that you would like to see revived? Let us know in the comments.

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