Rumored for months, a Willow reboot series appears to really be happening. Also the office for the production has acquired this weird old painters’ cap from the original movie:
News of both comes from Jon Kasdan, co-writer of Solo, who tweeted this image of this dorky dead-stock hat bearing the crudely drawn image of a haughty Warwick Davis.
Willow director Ron Howard first teased of rebooting (while mentioning nothing about the hat or what type of person would have worn that, even ironically) his high-fantasy hit back in March, saying:
“There are some really serious discussions going on with Jon Kasdan, who was one of the writers of Solo, who kept hounding me about Willow the whole time we were shooting and also hounding Kathy Kennedy. We’re in discussions about developing a Willow television show for the Disney+. And I think it’d be a great way to go. In fact, George always talked about the possibility of a Willow series, and it’d be great and more intimate, and built around that character and some of the others. And Jon Kasdan has, I think, an inspired take on it and it could be really, really cool. “Ron Howard, MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast
The 1988 original’s big, hyped-up visual effects sequence was blown on what was basically a gag about Willow being bad at casting magic: trying to return an old lady to her human form, he ends up first transforming her into a string of other animals.
Given the advances in VFX since then, just imagine how many animals we’ll see turn into old women this time! That was presumably Kasdan’s pitch.