A Series Sequel to Willow Is Being Made for Disney+
Willow, a beloved and fan-favorite movie, is officially getting a sequel. Better yet, the sequel is intended to be a series, and will be heading directly to Disney+.
Willow has been getting a lot of attention in the media, as of late. It’s a film that has long been loved, so for some of the fans, all this news feels well-deserved.
The original film starred Warwick Davis (Willow Ufgood), Val Kilmer (Madmartigan), Joanne Whalley (Sorsha), Jean Marsh (Queen Bavmorda), and Billy Barty (High Aldwin). It was about a young farmer and the journey that they (not so willingly) undertook. All with the goal of protecting one precious baby against a classically evil queen.
The pilot for the new series hasn’t been filmed yet, but is slated to be done next year. Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) will be in charge of directing the pilot, as well as being the executive producer for the entire series. During an interview, Chu made a point about talking up how much the movie meant to them:
“Growing up in the ’80s, Willow has had a profound effect on me. 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.”
Ron Howard is an executive producer alongside Chu; Bob Dolman, the man who wrote the original film’s script, will be signing on as a consulting producer. That leaves excellent odds for the quality of the series. Jonathan Kasdan (Solo) and Wendy Mericle (Arrow) are signed on as showrunners for the series as well.
The good news doesn’t stop there! The original film was recorded in Wales, as any of the background shots surely made clear. Well, the series will also be heading that way. Best of all, Warwick Davis has already been signed on for the role of Willow Ufgood.