HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 28: Jonathan Kasdan attends a special influencer screening of Willow at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, California on November 28, 2022. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
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Why Jonathan Kasdan Wanted A 20-Year Time Gap Between Willow And Its Sequel Series
In an era of reboots and revivals, the new Disney+ series, “Willow” is more of a very belated sequel to George Lucas’ 1988 film of the same name. In fact, the 30-year gap between the shows in real life almost mirrors the 20-year time jump in the narrative of “Willow,” which was a very intentional decision on the part of showrunner Jonathan Kasdan.
In an interview, Kasdan revealed that the 20-year time gap between the original “Willow” and the story of the “Willow” series was born out of necessity for the story that he wanted to tell. Kasdan said that “The story I wanted to tell was [always] about Elora learning about magic […] to tell that story and experience her whole journey."
According to Kasdan, "the way to tell [Elora Danan’s] story […] was to hide [her magical abilities] from her for that period of time and to let it be something that she discovers along with the audience." A silver lining of the time gap is that original cast members like Warwick Davis as Willow can return to reprise their roles.