Willow series still awaiting green light from Disney+
Staff Reporter | On 03, Feb 2020Reading time: 3 mins
The much-mooted Willow series is still awaiting a green light from Disney+, Ron Howard has revealed.
The House of Mouse’s subscription service has wasted no time in bringing out all of its heavyweight franchise muscle to compete with Netflix, including newly trailed Marvel series Loki, WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, as well as Star Wars series The Mandalorian. Last year, reports arose of talks about a follow-up to Willow.
The MGM fantasy film from Ron Howard and George Lucas was first released in 1988 and starred Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis. It followed a farmer who reluctantly helped to protect a special baby from a queen who wanted to take over the world.
Howard said last year that Star Wars writer Jon Kasdan had been “hounding” him about rebooting the film. A year on, with Disney+ about to launch in the UK, Howard has given an update on the project – namely, that Disney still hasn’t made a final decision.
Howard told Variety, however, that the scripts are almost complete.
“We’re working on it, it’s not greenlit, but I was just on the phone today discussing it with Jonathan who has written the scripts,” Howard commented. “It’s in serious development, but there’s nothing to announce quite yet.”
Davis, who played the titular dwarf in the original, has reportedly held talks to reprise his role as a “more mature” version of the character.
“If it happens, Warwick will definitely be a part of it,” Howard added.
Disney+ reportedly eyeing up Willow reboot
4th May 2019
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.