Willow, a cult film from the 80s, is about to have a sequel on the small screen. Disney+ has just ordered a sequel to this fantastic adventure written by George Lucas and Bob Dolman. As good news never comes alone, it has been confirmed that Ron Howard, director of the film, will be at the helm as producer and showrunner while Warwick Davis will take over his role as Willow Ufgood.
In a statement, the actor, who has appeared in Star Wars and Harry Potter, said : “So many fans have asked me over the years if Willow will make a return, and now I’m thrilled to tell them that he will indeed. Many have told me they grew up with Willow and that the film has influenced how they view heroism in our own world. If Willow Ufgood can represent the heroic potential in all of us, then he is a character I am extremely honored to reprise.”
For his part, Ron Howard told Variety : “It’s creatively exciting to not only revisit the world and characters first conceived by George Lucas, Bob Dolman and myself but to see it take flight in such fresh, fun and cinematic ways through the imagination of Jon Kasdan and Team Willow. This isn’t a nostalgic throw-back, it’s a creative lean-forward and it’s a blast to be a part of it all.”.
Bob Dolman will act as producer as will Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. Jonathan Kasdan (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Wendy Mericle (Arrow) will write the script and Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), a fan of Willow‘s early days, will direct the pilot episode, as he told Variety: “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.”
As a reminder, Willow, released in 1988, followed an amateur farmer and magician who must protect a baby from the evil Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). To do so, he can count on the help of Madmartigan played by Val Kilmer.