Though it failed to set the box office alight in 1988, Ron Howard’s fantasy adventure Willow seems to have amassed many fans over the years, and I always have a really good time watching it myself. Earlier this year, Howard mentioned that he had an idea for a sequel which would focus on Elora Danan [the baby in the first film], and that there was some talk of it happening.
‘Cinema Blend’ recently asked no less than Willow himself about this, and Warwick Davis also told of an experience on the set of Solo that made him feel like a sequel to Willow is more likely than ever before.
\’That would be hugely exciting. Revisiting Willow as a character, now he’s older and wiser, even a better sorcerer, who knows by now, would be brilliant fun. I would absolutely love to do that. Ron and I we chatted about Willow quite a lot. Jon Kasdan who was obviously the screenwriter on Solo, he’s a pretty big fan of Willow, it’s one of the reasons he got into screenwriting and filmmaking. He and I talked a lot about where we could take Willow in the future.”
“I remember a particular day which was very special on Solo. I was working with the second unit and Ron, and I got a message through saying, ‘oh George [Lucas] is here today, he’d like to see you.’ So I went on set, it was the day they were on the Falcon. I remember myself, George, Jon Kasdan, Kathy Kennedy all chatting about Willow. I would think ‘this is like the stars have aligned right here. If anybody’s going to get a sequel or something else made in regard to Willow, this is it and this is the time to do it.’ Who knows, kind of watch this space, I guess.”
These sequels that are made many years after the original movie don’t tend to be that good, though there are exceptions [Psycho 2], and there’s great potential for a new franchise that takes place in the world that Howard, George Lucas and Bob Dolman dreamed up….but that’s jumping ahead a little isn’t it?