Ron Howard says the Disney+ Willow series will be set decades later
After what has seemed like an eternity, the long-gestating Willow series appears to be nearing the starting grid at Disney Plus. It was revealed back in 2019 that both Ron Howard and Jon Kasdan were working on a sequel series to the classic Lucasfilm adventure and finally, Ron Howard sat down with Collider and offered an update on the project and where in time the adventure will take place.
“We are developing Willow for Disney Plus. And I don’t know about directing or not, but Jon Kasdan is writing, he’s very passionate about it, great job. We don’t have a green light yet, but if it goes, I’ll certainly want to roll up my sleeves and be a part of that, because that would be great, to revisit that world.”
In regards to the creative process behind the series, he added:
“In this world of these event series, they really do look to the showrunners and the key creatives to tell them their vision. It’s one of the reasons why TV has gotten so good, is that they really are looking at the showrunners as authors of something that they’re deeply passionate about. And Jon is deeply passionate about Willow, which tickles me to no end.”
And finally, Howard finished with:
“Warwick Davis is going to be in it and so yes, I think it’s safe to say it’s decades later”
This is wonderful news. The original Willow was an absolute delight and with Jon Kasdan (Solo: A Star Wars Story) penning the story, we could be set for the mother of all sequels. Thankfully, Disney Plus has decided to stick with the sequel formula and preserve the brilliance of the original movie. Howard directed Willow from a screenplay by Bob Dolman based on a story by George Lucas. It starred Warwick Davis as Willow, Val Kilmer as Madmartigan, Kate and Ruth Greenfield / Rebecca Bearman as Elora Danan, Joanne Whalley as Sorsha, and Jean Marsh as Queen Bavmorda.
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