One thing easily known about George Lucas is that he is a masterful storyteller. From his ideas came the narratives of popular and well-received adventure franchises such as “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones.” Not all of Lucas’ film stories become blockbusters however. One example is his 1988 dark fantasy epic “Willow,” which starred Val Kilmer and “Star Wars” alumnus Warwick Davis. It did not generate comparable audiences and was almost forgotten until the movie’s director Ron Howard revealed that a sequel series was being developed for Disney+. The new streaming service has not confirmed to carry the “Willow” series yet but already location scouting has resumed despite the COVD-19 pandemic.
As Comic Book Resources tells us, pre-production has resumed on the “Willow” streaming series as told by Ron Howard. The filmmaker confirmed this on a Facebook Live Q&A where Howard was talking about his current project, the film “Rebuilding Paradise.”
“It’s still in development” says Howard. “It doesn’t have a green light. Warwick Davis is thrilled by it, and, if we are lucky enough for it to go, he would come back as Willow.” The lack of green light from prospective host Disney+ was important to note because when the “Willow” series was first announced back in January, fans of the film though it had already finished development and was merely waiting filming by then.
Such hype had been so premature that Warwick Davis, who played heroic dwarf farmer and wannabe-sorcerer Willow Ufgood had to throw some cold water on the fans already. Ron Howard has affirmed the star’s statements, but also assured “Willow” fans that progress on the project continues. “We are far enough along that, in a very tentative way, locations are beginning to be scouted,” he says, proposing possible filming in Wales.
The 1988 “Willow” movie saw Davis (the Ewok Wickett from “Star Wars” and Professor Flitwick from “Harry Potte”) as the titular dwarf who finds himself the protector of a newborn baby girl with a power that can defeat the long-reigning sorceress queen Bavmorda, with the help of mercenary warrior Madmartigan (Val Kilmer). The sequel series is being written by Jonathan Kasdan (“Solo: A Star Wars Story”) and Davis himself being in talks to reprise his 22-year-old role. George Lucas meanwhile had co-written with “X-Men” writer Chris Claremont, three book sequels to “Willow” during the 1990s. It is not known yet if any plot elements from these novels would be adapted into the prospective Disney+ series.
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