Ron Howard open to sequel to 'Willow'
Ron Howard gave us so much in the '80s that we're willing to forgive - or perhaps even celebrate - this news: The director says he's open to the idea of a sequel to Willow.
The 1988 fantasy flick starred Warwick Davis as a reluctant dwarf who is tasked with protecting a baby from an evil queen. The movie, which co-starred Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley and Billy Barty, was based on a story conceived by George Lucas in the early '70s. The filmmakers had high hopes for Willow, but it faced stiff box office competition that year from Crocodile Dundee II and Big. Still, it gained cult status upon home release.
In a recent Reddit interview, Howard talked a great deal about th original film and a possible sequel.
"You know there are things about the movie Willow, as much affection as I have for it and as much affection as fans have for it that, you know, I would love to have a second chance with," Howard said. "George Lucas was so trusting; I was still fairly green, I always say it was a little like me doing my doctoral thesis working with George Lucas on that movie Willow. And I think today I could make it even more dynamic, I could make it cooler, I could make the funny stuff funnier, but all that said, you know Willow was a great experience and I'm really glad it sort of lives in peoples memory."
With Disney now owning the Lucas catalog of films, Howard was asked if a Willow sequel could be in the works.
"Right now, the Lucasfilm team led by Kathleen Kennedy, who is an old dear friend, is entirely myopically focused on the Star Wars universe as you can imagine. So I think the immediate possibility of another Willow movie is probably not on the front burner. But Warwick Davis is such a cool guy, and he's continued to evolve as a talent...man, he's Willow! And a grown-up Willow could be kind of cool, so, I'd say never say never."
Comicbooksgalaxy.com took things a step further with a report that Kilmer, Davis and Whalley would all be agreeable to reprise their original roles.
TOP 5 MEMORABLE LINES IN WILLOW:
5. "Her name is not Sticks! She's Elora Dannen, the future empress of Tir Asleen and the last thing she's gonna want is a hairy chest!"
4. "Ooh, I'm really scared. No! Don't! There's a peck here with an acorn pointed at me!"
3. "You ARE great!"
2. "Don't call me a peck!"
1. "Oh, I'm sorry! Peck! Peck! Peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck, peck!"