Out doing press for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” this week, filmmaker Ron Howard has surprisingly revealed that his previous collaboration with Lucasfilm, 1988’s cult fantasy feature “Willow,” may be coming back in the near future.
Speaking with comicbook.com, he says we could return to the world of Nockmaar from the original film: “I don’t want to give away too much, but there is a little talk of Willow. 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.”
Danan is the infant princess who essentially serves as the first film’s macguffin, a child whom the dark sorceress Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh) sees as a threat and wants to destroy. The film was a modest financial success and scored two Oscar nominations.
Howard adds that his work on the now thirty-year-old film informed a lot of his work on “Solo”: “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.”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” opens in cinemas on May 25th.