Lucasfilm's WILLOW, starring Warwick Davis (Disney+)

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Ron Howard: "There are some really serious discussions going on with Jon Kasdan, who was one of the writers of SOLO who kept hounding me about WILLOW the whole time we were shooting and also hounding Kathy Kennedy. We are in discussions about developing a WILLOW television show for the Disney+, and I think it'd be a great way to go. In fact, George always talked about the possibility of a WILLOW series, which he just felt, innately, would be great, more intimate, 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. So fingers crossed."

Josh Horowitz:
"And a continuation, not a reboot?"

Ron Howard: "No, a continuation, continuation and Warwick would be in it."
https://twitter.com/joshuahorowitz/status/1123402649536270338

If Val Kilmer is in this, I will buy Disney+ three times.

Willow's an ideal property for something like this. Just enough quality worldbuilding and nostalgia to build around, but flawed enough to be worth taking a shot at with better execution today.

You know, Kasdan is probably as good a choice as any, but if this thing goes forward, I hope they involve Bob Dolman somehow. The little bit of SCTV he managed to infect the original film with went a long way to give personality to a movie that otherwise might not have held together. Few things make me shudder more than the idea of the Willow universe deprived of its quirks.
 
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Well I thought the movie was terrible back then when we went to see it. watxhed it on D+ and still feel the same but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like the series, it has to be better.
 
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Ron Howard clarifies that the show is not yet greenlit, though Jon Kasdan was given the go-ahead to write the series pilot and start pre-production. Howard says that in the event of a greenlight, he will "roll up his sleeves" and participate, which sounds like he'd want more involvement than a nominal role, but it's unclear if he'd be directing.

I know any new fantasy show striving for the highest chance at success ought not make comparisons to Game of Thrones so easy to draw, but the idea of Madmartigan as a Robert Baratheon-type washout is pretty much exactly the circumstance that I want to see Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley back in this universe.
 
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Hearing from my buddy at Lucasfilm that Disney is now wanting all the scripts for a theoretical first season right upfront before they decide whether or not to pull the trigger. Ordering a show straight to series (as opposed to the traditional pilot-approach) has become more and more common over the years, but if Disney is going to buy in for an entire season, it makes sense that they want to be able to see what they are buying. Having the season pre-written probably makes them feel more confident about the accuracy of the budgeting, as well.

It's certainly fair to say that the prospects of a Willow follow-up have never been better, and if this falls apart, never will be again. Disney commissioning all this development work may be peanuts compared to the cost of going to production, but it's not nothing, either. Writers and concept artists and location scouts and other pre-production folk presumably do not work for free, and this has been going on for over six months now, so Disney is serious enough about exploring this.
 
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