Thirty years before “Solo” hit cinemas, filmmaker Ron Howard did another project for Lucasfilm quite separate to those stories set in a galaxy far far away – the 1988 fantasy feature “Willow”.
Set in the world of Nockmaar, the original film follows a reluctant farmer who plays a critical role in protecting a special baby from a tyrannical sorceress queen who vows to destroy her and take over the world.
In the past year or so, Howard has teased that there has been talk of a follow-up film, but it all sounded highly speculative. This week though, talking with MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Howard confirmed that “Solo co-writer Jon Kasdan is in the midst of ‘serious discussions’ to bring a sequel TV series to Disney+ and is spearheading those efforts:
“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. And Jon Kasdan has, I think, an inspired take on it and it could be really, really cool.”
Previously Howard says a follow-up would likely follow Elora Danan, the grown-up infant princess whom Jean Marsh’s Queen Bavmorda was trying to destroy, and has now confirmed it will be a continuation. However Warwick Davis’ Willow is returning, Howard saying: “Warwick 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.”