What, you thought Disney bought Lucasfilm just for Star Wars?
The media juggernaut is reportedly developing a series based on the 1988 Ron Howard film Willow. Starring Warwick Davis as the titular magician who helps install a benevolent monarchy in a fantasy world devised by George Lucas, the film became something of a cult classic across the decades. In a recent episode of MTV’s Happy. Sad. Confused podcast (via Slashfilm), Howard said there are “some really serious discussions going on” with Solo: A Star Wars Story writer Jon Kasdan about a Willow‘s future. “[He] kept hounding me about Willow the whole time we were shooting and also hounding Kathy Kennedy.”
That hounding has led to talks about placing the show on Disney+, the company’s forthcoming streaming service. “I think it’d be a great way to go. 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.”
The Solo director claimed the series will be set 30 years after the film and feature Davis as a “mature Willow.”
But one wonders if Kasdan will incorporate the ideas Lucas and X-Men writer Chris Claremont brought to the world with their Chronicles of the Shadow War novel series; which picked up the story of Elora Danan, the infant Willow protected throughout the film. Of course, that story set Willow aside, so it is possible it can only offer background details or find itself pushed to a “Legends” status like the novels of Star Wars‘ former Expanded Universe.
Of course, nothing is set in stone yet, even if Howard speaks with a certain authoritative voice. But perhaps by this time next year, we’ll know more.