State of the Empire: The Long Road to Willow 2

Thirty years later, we look at the inevitable return of a Lucasfilm classic!

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Welcome to Willow Watch, a podcast dedicated to Lucasfilm’s 1988 fantasy epic in which breaking news comes in all sizes, and obsessive fandom is the greatest magic of all.

Willow Watch has been a recurring feature since our Star Wars podcast, State of the the Empire, began in 2012, back when Disney first bought Lucasfilm and we immediately asked: Does … that mean there could be more Willow?

Over the years we’ve learned that the answer is an emphatic “YES!” Not only do we want it, not only do the cult film’s myriad fans want it, but the stars and the creators want it too.

Just in time for Willow‘s 30th anniversary, director Ron Howard has returned to Lucasfilm with Solo: A Star Wars Story, he’s working again with Warwick Davis, and he’s admitted there could be more Willow on the way.


In celebration, we’re doing a series of Willow Watch specials throughout 2018. Below you’ll find our debut episode featuring our exclusive, in-depth interview with screenwriter Bob Dolman who shares previously unheard stories from the making of Willow. And in the latest episode (above) we recount the past six years of Willow rumors and discoveries from our Willow Watch segments embedded in State of the Empire.

We’ve chronicled the long road to the hypothetical “Willow 2” — from tongue-in-cheek speculation to the barrage of legitimate rumors and hearsay that have culminated in this uncanny moment where dreams and fate have intertwined!

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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


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