Director Ron Howard tells fans to keep their fingers crossed, as he's "seriously exploring" making a Willow sequel with Lucasfilm. The original movie starred Warwick Davis as the titular Willow, a dwarf who reluctantly takes on the task of protecting a baby with a special destiny. Together with his band of allies, including Val Kilmer's swordsman Madmartigan, Willow must fend off the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda and her henchmen, who want the baby dead.
Released in 1988, Willow was only a modest success, grossing $57.3 million on a budget of $35 million. Nevertheless, the film gained a loyal fan following and a lot of those fans still have a fondness for the movie 30 years after it hit screens. Ron Howard spoke recently about the possibility of Willow finally getting the sequel those loyal fans have been waiting for, indicating that the idea was at least under consideration.
Now, Howard has taken his statements a step farther and confirmed that there have indeed been real discussions about Willow getting a sequel. Howard said in a tweet:
We are seriously exploring it with Lucasfilm folks. Fingers crossed https://t.co/30U3GZTuBY— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) May 25, 2018
No doubt, prospects for a Willow sequel will greatly improve if Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story dominates the box office over Memorial Day weekend. The truth is that Howard hasn't delivered a hit since 2009's Angels & Demons, and saw his last big-budget movie Inferno flop miserably. As of now, Howard arguably doesn't have the standing to push through a sequel to a property as relatively low-profile as Willow. But if Solo succeeds, Howard's clout could rise again to where it was when he was riding high after big hits like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code.
It's also worth keeping in mind that Lucasfilm sort of owes Howard for the way he came aboard Solo after the firing of original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and quickly righted the ship. Indeed, the actors who worked on Solo have all praised Howard for the way he steadied things after the chaos that ensued when the first directors were shipped out. Letting Howard direct a Willow sequel might be a nice way to pay him back for saving Solo. But of course we won't know if Howard truly saved Solo - and saved Lucasfilm and Disney from the embarrassment of a disappointing Star Wars movie - until all the box office numbers are in.
As of now, Solo reportedly is lagging behind early projections on its way to a $105-115 million Memorial Day opening. It's worth keeping in mind that Memorial Day box office numbers are often soft for a variety of reasons. But such historical trends arguably shouldn't matter with a Star Wars movie. We will keep you up to date on any further developments concerning Solo's numbers, and Ron Howard's attempts to get a Willow sequel going at Lucasfilm.
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