A reboot of Willow may soon be coming to Disney+.
Disney’s new streaming platform, launching in the USA later this year, is wasting no time in bringing out all of its heavyweight franchise muscle to compete with Netflix. So far, Marvel series are in the works for Loki, Scarlet Witch and more, a Star Wars Rogue One prequel is being produced and a further Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, is in production from director Jon Favreau, and Pixar is making a Monsters, Inc. series. Now, talks are happening abut a potential series based on Willow.
The MGM fantasy film from Ron Howard and George Lucas was first released in 1988 and starred Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis. It follows a farmer who reluctantly helps to protect a special baby from a queen who wants to take over the world. Howard said to MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast that Star Wars writer Jon Kasdan (Solo: A Star Wars Story) had been “hounding” him about rebooting the film.
“I think it’d be a great way to go,” Howard commented. “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.”
Deadline reports that Disney+ has held talks about the project, with the reboot focussing on a more mature Willow, who’s older and wiser and probably more than a bit deadlier.