Ron Howard and Warwick Davis confirmed to return
After what has seemed like an eternity, Disney Plus has finally given the green light to the long-awaited Willow TV Series. Original director Ron Howard has agreed to oversee the project as a consulting producer while Warwick Davis has officially signed on the dotted line to return as the title character.
The series pilot is set to be directed by Jon. M. Chu who will also serve as executive producer alongside showrunners Jonathan Kasdan and Wendy Mericle. It has been confirmed that Jon Kasdan has also penned the pilot.
“Growing up in the ’80s, ‘Willow’ has had a profound effect on me,” says Chu. “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.”
Joining Ron Howard in overseeing the series is Bob Dolman, writer of the original film who will serve as a consulting producer.
“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,” says Howard. “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.”
The series represents Lucasfilm’s first non-Star Wars related project under Disney’s custodianship and has been confirmed to be set some years after the cult classic movie. Several new characters are set to be introduced to the fantasy realm of fairy queens and two-headed Eborsisk monsters, and they will be guided on the journey by Willow Ufgood, performed once again by the unmatchable Warwick Davis.
“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,” says Davis. “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.”
This is wonderful news. Fans have been pleading with Lucasfilm for a follow-up to Willow, and finally, those prayers have been answered. Additional details about the series are being kept under wraps at this time – but this will fill fans with delight.
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