Next unexpected ’80s sequel: Willow

Published May 14 2018
Updated May 14 2018

When people name-check the best Ron Howard movies of his career, 1988's Willow rarely makes the conversation. But it's being talked about now with the possibility of a sequel finally in the works 30 years later. reports that Howard – on the road these days promoting his directing work on Solo: A Star Wars Story – says a spin-off of Willow has been discussed.

"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 Elora Danan, although Willow would have to be significantly involved."

For those who need a refresher, Willow told the story of a daydreaming farmer (Warwick Davis as the title character) who reluctantly is recruited to protect the life of a baby (named Elora Danan) whose fate it is to save the universe – assuming she can escape the murderous wrath of an evil queen. Okay, okay, trust me. It's a better movie than it sounds.

The original flick benefited from a story from George Lucas and lovable performances by Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh and Billy Barty.

Movieweb points out that Davis, Howard and Star Wars maintain a special connection. Davis played one of the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi, and Howard has said Willow was often in his mind as he took over work on Solo.

A spin-off also might not take the form of a feature-length movie and could instead be produced for one of the streaming services – much like YouTube Red's Cobra Kai. (Stay tuned for a podcast review of that amazing series this coming Sunday.)

Read the full Ron Howard interview at

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