Willow, the 1988 fantasy movie from the mind of George Lucas and the directorial hands of Ron Howard, is apparently in “serious discussions” for a series on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. If you are not familiar with Willow, here is how Lucasfilm describes the original film:
When a good-hearted farmer named Willow Ufgood discovers a baby girl prophesized to end the rule of the evil queen Bavmorda, he sets out on an adventure to return the child to her people. Encountering all manner of creatures and characters, Willow finds both companionship and villainy along with a newfound skill as a sorcerer.
The news was revealed during the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast which featured Willow director Ron Howard. Howard said that during his time directing Solo: A Star Wars Story, Solo co-writer Jonathan Kasdan (son of vetaran Star Wars scribe Lawrence Kasdan) kept bothering he and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about Willow:
“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.”
If the series gets a greenlight, Howard says that the intent is to bring back Willow Ufgood himself, Warwick Davis. The series would show a more “mature Willow”, taking place 30 years after the film.