20No Studio Wanted To Finance It
It’s seldom easy to secure funding for a big budget movie, particularly one based on an original (and therefore untested) property, and Willow proved to be no different in this regard. Although it’s difficult to fathom anyone turning down George Lucas so soon after the phenomenal success of the original
Star Wars trilogy, virtually every studio in Hollywood did just that.
See, the problem was that other fantasy flicks released around that time – including Labyrinth, Dragonslayer, Legend, and Krull – had tanked at the box office. Luckily, Lucas was ultimately able to secure a co-financing deal with MGM, which was run by Alan Ladd Jr., who gave the thumbs up to Star Wars years earlier.