Lucasfilm’s Cult Classic ‘Willow’ May Get A Series or Sequel on Disney+. The popular 1988 Lucasfilm Film, starring Warwick Davis as ‘Willow’, may get revived for Disney +, Disney’s new streaming service coming this November.
During the filming of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ron Howard, who directed both Willow and stepped in as director for Solo, was approached by one of the writers, Jon Kasdan, about the idea of exploring other intellectual properties of Lucasfilm, particularly Willow. Willow is an 80’s cult classic about a reluctant dwarf who’s children find a human infant girl in a river and must protect this special child from an evil queen.
“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,” Howard said. “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 [Lucas] 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.”
During an interview with Comicbook.com, Howard did not confirm anything has been green-lit for the project, but stated there were talks going on at Lucasfilm and with Disney about the potential for a series that could be released via Disney+, Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service set to be available in November 2019.
“I don’t want to give away too much, but there is a little talk of Willow,” Howard said. “We wouldn’t call it Willow 2, I think it would focus a lot on Elora Danan, although Willow would have to be significantly involved.”
Howard also added, “I thought about that movie a lot as I was working on Solo because there are certain scenes, especially around some of the Madmartigan stuff, was reminiscent of a character with that kind of swagger and bravado. And also some of the humor around some of the action in Willow was something I inspired to get into Solo.”
If the project is green-lit by Disney and Lucasfilm we would not see anything Willow related on Disney+ for the first few years of streaming while they write, film, and produce the series. There is no word yet from Warwick Davis if he would be willing to reprise his role as Willow for the potential series.
Fans of the 80’s hit film are excited at the idea they might get to see more of Willow’s story and feeling a wave of nostalgia at the mention of the classic film. Would you like to see a Willow Series on Disney+? Let us know in the comments!
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