We may finally get that Willow sequel, it just won't be a movie. Instead, according to Ron Howard, it's being discussed as a TV series for Disney's upcoming streaming service, Disney+. We've been hearing buzz here and there about a possible sequel to the 1988 cult classic for a handful of years now. Yet, nothing has materialized. That may change in the relatively near future though.
Ron Howard, who directed the original Willow, working from a story by Star Wars creator George Lucas, was recently a guest on a podcast. During the interview, the subject of a sequel to the movie came up. At that point, Howard felt comfortable disclosing that the project may very well land at Disney+. Here's what the filmmaker had to say about it.
"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 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."
Solo didn't turn out to be the hit Disney was hoping for. Ron Howard was hired to direct it and oversee massive reshoots once Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired. That said, Ron got along quite well with Kathleen Kennedy and the studio doesn't seem to blame him for anything that didn't totally pan out with the Star Wars standalone. It did, however, seem to put the pieces in place to possibly get this Willow TV series going.
It isn't quite clear at the present time what this take Jon Kasdan has for a Willow series would be. Original star Warwick Davis, as recently as Star Wars Celebration earlier this month, has expressed his desire to return to the franchise in some capacity. It also seems likely that Val Kilmer would be willing to return. He's already revisiting one of his most iconic roles in Top Gun: Maverick next year. So why not this as well?
Disney is doing its best to compete with Netflix in the streaming game. As a result, they're going to mine whatever intellectual property they have in their vast library to create desirable content that can help amass subscribers. A Willow TV series could be the exact right combination of nostalgia and creativity to do exactly that. For now, there are few details to go on and it isn't clear exactly how soon this could get going. Still, it's encouraging to those who have been looking forward to catching up with Willow Ufgood and Madmartigan. This information was first revealed on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.