Tuesday, October 20, 2020

'Willow' Sequel Starring Warwick Davis Ordered to Series at Disney+

Disney+ has today given a series order to an original sequel series to the 1988 fantasy film Willow with Warwick Davis set to reprise his lead role. Production is slated to begin in 2021.

Set years after the events of the film, the series will introduce all-new characters to the enchanted realm of fairy queens and two-headed Eborsisk monsters, and welcomes back its namesake hero, Willow Ufgood (Davis).

Jonathan Kasdan (Solo) wrote the premiere, which will be directed by Jon M. Chu (In the Heights, Crazy Rich Asians). Kasdan will serve as showrunner alongside Wendy Mericle (Arrow). All three will executive produce with Kathleen Kennedy, Ron Howard and Michelle Rejwan. Roopesh Parekh and Hannah Friedman will co-executive produce, with Julia Cooperman as a producer. Bob Dolman will serve as a consulting producer. LucasFilm and Imagine Television will produce.

"So many fans have asked me over the years if Willow will make a return, and now I'm thrilled to tell them that he will indeed," said Davis. "Many have told me they grew up with Willow and that the film has influenced how they view heroism in our own world. If Willow Ufgood can represent the heroic potential in all of us, then he is a character I am extremely honored to reprise."

"Growing up in the '80s, Willow has had a profound effect on me," added Chu. "The story of the bravest heroes in the least likely places allowed me, an Asian American kid growing up in a Chinese restaurant looking to go to Hollywood, to believe in the power of our own will, determination and of course, inner magic. So the fact that I get to work with my heroes from Kathleen Kennedy to Ron Howard is bigger than a dream come-true. It's a bucket-list moment for me. Jon Kasdan and Wendy Mericle have added such groundbreaking new characters and delightful surprises to this timeless story that I can't wait for the world to come along on this epic journey with us."