While news regarding the impending Disney+ streaming service is being dominated by a slew of new Marvel shows being announced for the service, now comes word that an old cult favourite may be being revisited for this upcoming on-demand offering.
Seemingly from out of nowhere, Ron Howard has given indication that Disney+ may find itself housing a Willow sequel series. Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast (as reported by Variety), Howard said that just such a follow-up series was in “serious discussions” to be developed for Disney+ and that he and Solo screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan were handling the project.
Howard, of course, is the person who directed 1987’s George Lucas-produced Willow in which Warwick Davis starred as the titular Willow Ufgood. On Davis, Howard confirmed that he would indeed be reprising the Willow role before adding, “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.”
While no further movies were made past that ’87 favourite, Lucas and the beloved Chris Claremont did team for a trilogy of Willow novels in the ‘90s. In those tales, the action had Elora Danan – the young girl that Willow was protecting in the movie – as the focus of the narrative.
As ever, expect more on all of this as we get it.