We interrupt State of the Empire’s regularly scheduled Star Wars news and updates for an event that’s been years in the making: our first full-length installment of Willow Watch and an interview with Willow screenwriter Bob Dolman! Yes, the bones have spoken. Our ongoing investigation into the 1988 Lucasfilm fantasy epic Willow has led us on an incredible journey. What began as a flight of fancy that we might someday see a Willow 2 from Disney has become a mad quest to track down the full story of this fantastic film and signs of what might come next. We’ve uncovered strange expanded universe secrets from novelizations and source books, dissected a long-forgotten animated series that never came to fruition, and speculated on the existence of much behind-the-scenes world building. Warwick Davis has been talking about the possibility of Willow 2 for ages, director Ron Howard recently said “never say never,” and here we are — potentially on the precipice of a new dawn for the nearly 30-year-old fan favorite.
What better time for Cap, Doug, and Matt to team up with the man who wrote the world of Willow into life? For the first time ever, hear the full story of how the film came to be — from Lucas’ early outline to a fortuitous dinner with myth master Joseph Campbell and remarkable on-set moments. Bob’s got unprecedented insights into the creative process of working with George Lucas, tales of Nelwyn hookups, the infamous deleted boat sequence, and so much more. Let’s face it, without this episode, you’ll dwell in darkness. Step into an incredible world of behind-the-scenes adventure:
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— The Willow Animated Series Production Art
— Allen Varney’s Willow Sourcebook
— Wayland Drew’s Willow Novelization
— Chris Claremont’s Willow Novels Shadow Moon | Shadow Dawn | Shadow Star
— Ron Howard: “Never say never” to Willow 2
— Far And Away
— Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyer’s The Power of Myth
— The Life’s Too Short Special Featuring Willow 2
— The Star Wars Uprising Forum Thread
— Dave Filoni Talks Willow
— See the Willow Reference in the Rebels Episode, “The Future of the Force”
— See the Willow Reference in Regular Show