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Ever since Solo: A Star Wars Story there has been word going around that Lucasfilm is planning on bringing back Ron Howard’s Willow. What’s interesting is, things look to be moving forward with Disney+.
According to Variety, a Willow series has been greenlit with Ron Howard attached as an executive producer. John M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) is set to direct the pilot, and Solo writer Jonathan Kasdan as well as Arrow’s Wendy Mericle will serve as series showrunners.
Director Chu said in a statement:
“Growing up in the’80s, ‘Willow’ has had a profound effect on me… The story of the bravest heroes in the least likely places allowed me, an Asian-American kid growing up in a Chinese restaurant looking to go to Hollywood, to believe in the power of our own will, determination and of course, inner magic. So the fact that I get to work with my heroes from Kathleen Kennedy to Ron Howard is bigger than a dream come-true. It’s a bucket-list moment for me. Jon Kasdan and Wendy Mericle have added such groundbreaking new characters and delightful surprises to this timeless story that I can’t wait for the world to come along on this epic journey with us.”
What’s more, the show will also be bringing back Warwick Davis to reprise the role of Willow Ufgood. While I’m fine if Willow gets his own new adventure, I think the studio could be planning on doing another ‘passing of the torch’, maybe with the adventure now going on to Willow’s son or grandchild.
While Lucasfilm looks to be focused on Star Wars and Indiana Jones, it’s great that they’re deciding to revisit the world of Willow. Admittedly, it’s not Lord of the Rings, but there’s just so much potential to be that kind of fantasy franchise, especially with the status of shows like Game of Thrones. Hopefully Kasdan and Mericle will manage to bring a show that will be loved by fans of the original film, as well as a new generation of audiences who have yet to see Willow.
As of now, no release date has been set for the Willow series, but watch out for it on Disney+.