Who is ready to travel back to the village of Nelwyn for an update on the prophetic child, Elora, and to see if the noble Willow succeeded in his studies to become a sorcerer? You know what I’m talking about, right? I’m talking about the 1988 fantasy adventure, Willow, based on a story by George Lucas, directed by Ron Howard, and starring Warwick Davis as the titular character.
If you’re ready – and if not, get ready by watching the film – then the news is good! While talking to MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Ron Howard revealed that the upcoming streaming platform, Disney+, may possibly be the home of a television series based on the film.
“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 [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.”
There have been talks of a sequel since the film bowed in 1988, but surprisingly, nothing ever came to be. In the past couple of years, Lucas, Howard, and Davis have all stated that they’d like to return to the world. There were rumors of a sequel, then a TV series, then rumors would revert back to a sequel. It seems like everything may be falling into place with those three along with the addition of Kasdan.
If you’re unaware of the original film, the plot follows Willow (Warwick Davis) as he unexpectedly becomes the guardian of a baby, Elora, who has been prophesied as the one who will destroy the evil Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). The evil queen does all that she can to stop Willow and Elora, but along the way, they encounter help from a variety of characters (Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Kevin Pollack, Rick Overton) who join them along the way.
Howard let us know that the TV series will not fall within the remake realm. It will be a continuation of the story which will most likely focus on a grown up Elora and a “more mature” Willow. There is so much neat lore that was presented in the film so it is incredibly exciting that the possibility of more adventures within the universe is extremely possible.
Disney+ launches in November with plenty of content set to premiere so if this gets off the ground, could we possibly be looking at a 2020 premiere? Are you ready for new adventures with Willow? Go in the direction that the bird is flying, and let us know over on Twitter, Reddit, and The Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!