Howard had made Willow in 1988 starring Val Kilmer and the Star Wars veteran Warwick Davis in the lead role. After three decades, Howard is contemplating a sequel to this classic fantasy movie.
“I don’t want to give away too much, but there is a little talk of Willow,” Howard said, “We wouldn’t call it Willow 2, I think it would focus a lot on EloraDanan, although Willow would have to be significantly involved.”
In the movie, Willow meets the infant Elora, who has been prophesized as the destroyer of the evil Queen Bavmorda. Willow joins forces with the influential swordsman Madmartigan (Kilmer) to protect the child from Bavmorda.
Howard said that the experience of making that movie helped a lot of his decisions regarding the Han Solo movie.
“I thought about that movie a lot as I was working on Solo because there are certain scenes, especially around some of the Madmartigan stuff, was reminiscent of a character with that kind of swagger and bravado. And also some of the humor around some of the action in Willow was something I inspired to get into Solo.”
Although, there is no formal statement about a Willow sequel going to be made. The film has become a classic, but, it is unclear whether there is any audience interest for a sequel or not. The thing is, in the present wave of remakes and reboots, there is always a good chance of a sequel. However, it is not easy to make grand fantasy movies, but, the reputation and the resources that Lucasfilm has courtesy the four decades of Star Wars, might just interest some studio people.
Also after Ron Howard delivers a successful Solo: A Star Wars Story, he would also get some goodwill for having delivered a film which faced turbulence during its making. If he would then pitch for a Willow sequence, Disney and Kathleen Kennedy might just take it seriously.
The original movie wasn’t a failure and has gained some prominence as a classic film from the 80s. If at all, the film has to be ever revived and converted into a franchise, that has to be now.
However, as of now, everyone is focused on the upcoming Howard movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story landing in theaters on May 25th.