With Disney+ still in its early release stages but with a proven hit already in The Mandalorian and the end of an era about to happen with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, you would think Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has enough on her plate right now. But Kennedy wouldn’t have the position – or career – she’s had by just looking at the “now”.
Discussing current and future plans for the Star Wars franchise with the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, some news broke that should make fans of the 1988 film Willow happy: it appears a series pilot script is in play (which would serve to confirm reporting from May 2019 that a Willow series was being considered for “The Mouse’s” new streaming service, with original film director Ron Howard attached).
From the article:
“The possibilities extend beyond “Star Wars.” “Solo” co-writer Jonathan Kasdan has completed a pilot script for a series based on the cult classic ‘Willow.’”
While far from a box office failure, the Warwick Davis (Return of the Jedi)-Val Kilmer (Heat) starrer would earn only $110M on a $35M budget. At a time when budgets for films were no where close to where they are today, a $35M investment was expected to yield deeper profits than what Willow earned.
No word on if the new series will utilize George Lucas and Uncanny X-Men writer Chris Claremont‘s trilogy of novels as source material for the pilot: 1995’s Shadow Moon, 1996’s Shadow Dawn, and 1999’s Shadow Star.
From legendary filmmakers George Lucas and Ron Howard comes a timeless fantasy tale in which heroes comes in all sizes…and adventure is the greatest magic of all. When young Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman (Val Kilmer) and overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!