Back in 1988, Ron Howard was still much more well-known as an actor than he was a director, from iconic roles in Green Acres, The Andy Griffith Show, Happy Days and American Graffiti. The actor/filmmaker had directed hit comedies such as Night Shift, Splash, Cocoon and Gung Ho before he delved into the world of fantasy filmmaking with the iconic Willow. During a Reddit AMA session to promote his new film In the Heart of the Sea, in theaters this weekend, the filmmaker was asked if he would ever consider making a sequel to Willow. Here's what the director had to say.
"Right now, the Lucasfilm team led by Kathleen Kennedy, who is an old dear friend, is entirely myopically focused on the Star Wars universe as you can imagine. So I think the immediate possibility of another Willow movie is probably not on the front burner. But Warwick Davis is such a cool guy, and he's continued to evolve as a talent ... man, he's Willow! And a grown-up Willow could be kind of cool, so, I'd say never say never."
The original Willow is set in an intricate fantasy world. In the dungeons of the castle of the evil Queen-sorceress Bavmorda, a prisoner gives birth to a child who, according to an ancient prophecy, will put an end to the reign of the Queen. A midwife saves the child from the wrath of Bavmorda, but is forced to throw her cradle in a river when reached by the Hounds of the Queen. The river brings the child near a village of nelwyns, and little Willow finds and adopts her. When the Hounds reach the village, Willow begins a difficult journey to bring the baby back to her people and to fulfill the prophecy.
Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, Patricia Hayes, Billy Barty, Pat Roach, Gavan O'Herlihy, David Steinberg and Phil Fondacaro co-starred in Willow, which earned $57.2 million during its theatrical run in 1988. When adjusted for inflation, that total would equal $116.2 million. George Lucas wrote the original story for Willow and served as executive producer, with Bob Dolman (Far and Away) writing the screenplay.
Ron Howard will be rather busy himself over the next few years, currently in post-production on Inferno, his next Robert Langdon adventure with Tom Hanks that is set to hit theaters on October 14, 2016. He is also producing The Dark Tower, which has been set for release on January 13, 2017. Do you think Ron Howard and LucasFilm should carve out some time in their schedule to make a sequel to Willow? Could it be as big of a box office hit as the original?