Ever since 1988, fans have been clamoring for a follow-up to the Ron Howard fantasy film ‘Willow’, with the occasional rumor bubbling up that talks were under way, but nothing has ever come of that buzz. But Howard recently revealed that for the first time, something is actually in serious development. Unfortunately, it won’t be another big screen movie, but a TV series on the highly-anticipated new Disney+ streaming service.
Howard appeared on MTV’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast and divulged:
“There are some really serious discussions going on with Jon Kasdan, who was one of the writers of Solo, who kept hounding me about Willow the whole time we were shooting and also hounding Kathy Kennedy. We’re in discussions about developing a Willow television show for the Disney+. And I think it’d be a great way to go. In fact, George always talked about the possibility of a Willow series, and it’d be great and more intimate, and built around that character and some of the others. And Jon Kasdan has, I think, an inspired take on it and it could be really, really cool.”
Howard added that the series would be “a continuation” of the movie, not a reboot, and would be set 30 years after the original, and would focus on a “more mature Willow… Warwick [Davis] will be in it. Warwick is so cool and so good and he’s such a good actor that I really hope we get the chance to see the mature Willow in action.”
‘Willow’ was part of the Lucasfilm roster, and Lucasfilm is now owned by Disney. Upon this acquisition, Disney was quick to begin cranking out new ‘Star Wars’ projects, but there are many other properties in their filmography that are ripe for updating, including ‘Willow’ as well as ‘Labyrinth’ and the ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise.
Are you excited at the prospect of a new ‘Willow’ series?