30 years later, does it still have what counts?
Created by George Lucas (you may have heard of him) more than 30 years ago, the craziness of 2020 seems just the right time to announce a continuation of the chronicles of Willow Ufgood. Originally a Lucasfilm property, Disneys acquistion of... well, everything, brought this project under their umbrella.
One of the 80s films that is probably better in your memory than it actually was, it told the story of a simple dwarf farmer (played by Warwick Davis), thrust into saving not just a baby that he finds, but also the whole world from a tyrannical queen. It was a silly fantastical romp full of monsters and camaraderie.
The series will take place years later, as it actually is years later, but many of the cast and crew will be back. Davis will once again play Willow, and though the show (may?) be named after him, it's not hard to imagine that he might take a back seat to a younger cast. Ron Howard, who directed the original film, will exec produce, while Jon M Chu will be behind the camera this time.
"Growing up in the '80s, Willow has had a profound effect on me," said Chu in a statement. "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."
Oh yeah, I can't wait for this one... Excuse me while I go binge watch Legend, Labyrinth, Princess Bride, Krull... Yeah, I'm an 80s kid...