Director Ron Howard says he’s “seriously exploring” making a Willow sequel with Lucasfilm. The original movie starred Warwick Davis as Willow, a dwarf who is reluctantly tasked with protecting a baby with a special destiny. Together with his band of allies, including Val Kilmer’s swordsman Madmartigan, Willow must fend off the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda and her henchmen, who want the baby dead.
Willow released in 1988 on a modest budget of $35 million-grossing $57.3 million. The film gained a loyal fan following even after 30 years of hitting the screens.
Howard has taken his statements a step further and confirmed that there have indeed been real discussions about Willow getting a sequel. Howard said in a tweet:
If Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story dominates the box office over Memorial Day weekend, the prospect of seeing a Willow sequel will be high. Howard’s last hit was 2009’s Angels & Demons, and his last big-budget movie Inferno flopped miserably. If Solo succeeds, Howard’s name could rise again to where it was when he gave us big hits like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code.
Letting Howard direct a Willow sequel might be a nice way to pay him back for saving Solo.
As of now, Solo is reportedly on its way to a $105-115 million Memorial Day opening.
We will just have to wait for any further developments concerning Solo’s numbers, and Ron Howard’s attempts to get a Willow sequel going at Lucasfilm.