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Ron Howard Says Willow Sequel Still in Development

July 3, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Ron Howard has confirmed that a sequel to Willow is still in development. Howard did a live Q&A for the Edinburgh International Film Festival and during the Q&A he was asked about the status of the sequel, which he originally revealed was in the works for Disney+ back in May of last year.

“Well, if I say anything too concrete it’s gonna go viral because anytime I say anything about Willow, people take it all very seriously,” Howard said (per The Bearded Trio). “I will say that, let’s see…what can I say? It’s still in development. It doesn’t have a green light. Warwick Davis is thrilled by it and if we are lucky enough for it to go, he would come back as Willow.”

Howard also noted that the film is tentatively beginning some pre-production aspects, saying, “We are far enough along that in a very tentative way, locations are beginning to be scouted, and we don’t know where we’re going to shoot, but we have gotten some research photos back from Wales. It’s nice to think about where our old knock bar was, and again no idea if we’re gonna get to make the show but we’re having a wonderful time developing the scripts under Jonathan Kasdan who is leading the charge.”

The original film was released in 1988 and starred Davis as a young farmer in the village of Nelwyn who is entrusted with a quest to protect a baby from the land’s evil queen. While not a big hit at the time, it has gone on to become a beloved cult classic. Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, and Billy Barty also starred.