Disney is revisiting the world of Willow, the 1988 movie conceived by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard, for a brand new collection for Disney Plus. Warwick Davis will reprise his position as Willow Ufgood, the movie’s eponymous heroic adventurer, whereas Howard will return to government produce.
John M. Chu, the director of Loopy Wealthy Asians and subsequent 12 months’s adaptation of Within the Heights, will direct the pilot episode and function government producer. Jonathan Kasdan, who wrote Solo: A Star Wars Story, will function showrunner alongside Wendy Mericle, a longtime producer on The CW’s Arrow. Bob Dolman, who wrote the unique screenplay for Willow, serves as a consulting producer.
The brand new Willow collection is a uncommon non-Star Wars enterprise for Lucasfilm. The present will happen an unspecified variety of years after the unique movie, and can introduce “all-new characters to the enchanted realm of fairy queens and two-headed Eborsisk monsters…”
In a information launch from Disney, Howard mentioned the forthcoming Willow collection “isn’t a nostalgic throw-back, it’s a artistic lean-forward and it’s a blast to be part of all of it.”
“Rising up within the ’80s, Willow has had a profound impact on me,” Chu mentioned in an announcement — noting on Twitter that he named his real-life daughter Willow as a nod to the movie. “The story of the bravest heroes within the least doubtless locations allowed me, an Asian-American child rising up in a Chinese language restaurant seeking to go to Hollywood, to imagine within the energy of our personal will, dedication and naturally, interior magic. So the truth that I get to work with my heroes from Kathleen Kennedy to Ron Howard is larger than a dream come-true. It’s a bucket-list second for me.”
Willow hit film theaters in 1988, however Lucas conceived of his fantasy journey within the early ’70s, and selected Davis — who appeared in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as an Ewok — to be his main man. The fantasy movie tells the story of Willow Ufgood, who should defend an toddler, Elora Danan, from an evil queen. Willow is aided on his journey by the swordsman Madmartigan, who was performed by Val Kilmer.
Capcom created online game variations of Willow for the arcade and Nintendo Leisure System in 1989.