Willow is one of those typically ‘80s fantasy epics full of imaginative prosthetics and glowing retro visual effects - see The Dark Crystal, Legend. These films are very good at picking up cult audiences as they age - especially when you consider Willow wasn’t exactly a mind-blowing success when it was first released. Now though, and because - as with many things - it is from the past, it has enough fuel to mean that a sequel or reboot is ENTIRELY NECESSARY.
And so they’ve gone for ‘sequel’.
Ron Howard talked to ComicBook.com about the chance of revisiting the world created the first time he worked with LucasArts:
“I don’t want to give away too much, but there is a little talk of Willow.
“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.”
Elora Danan, for the uninitiated, was the magical child that Warwick Davis’ Willow was protecting, along with the help of Val Kilmer as Madmartigan. Won’t you be excited to find out what happened to her after all these years? Yes/No/What is Willow (delete as applicable and, if the latter, the trailer’s below).
Howard also talked about how his work on the original Willow informed how he tackled his latest movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story:
“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.”
So that’s two reasons to get excited: a potential sequel to Willow and also an injection of one of Howard’s most beloved films into the veins of his latest. Top stuff, no? Yes/No/What is Solo (delete as applicable).