The Mask

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Jim Carrey says, sure, he’ll do a Mask sequel…if a visionary filmmaker wants to direct.
  • Don’t worry, the third Jurassic World movie isn’t called Jurassic World: Extinction. If you were worried about that, I mean.
  • Ben Whishaw says No Time to Die connects to all the Daniel Craig Bond films.
  • Ron Howard has some things to say about that Disney+ Willow series.

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willow sequel series in the works

The doors have opened for a Willow sequel series on Disney+. After Ron Howard teased that Solo writer Jonathan Kasdan was in discussions with Disney+ to revive the director’s 1988 epic fantasy film in the form of a TV series, Kasdan has fed nostalgia-hungry fans another cryptic morsel to keep up the hype. But while Kasdan has seemingly started work on a Willow sequel series, original film star Warwick Davis cautions that nothing is totally official yet.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now Midsommar

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

It’s time for a whole new year of Now Stream This. In this week’s streaming column, you’ll find one of last year’s best movies, a breezy modern Steven Spielberg movie, a mind-bending blockbuster from Christopher Nolan, a mostly forgotten ’90s thriller, a crime drama, and more. These are the best movies streaming right now.

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willow sequel series

Ron Howard‘s 1988 epic fantasy film Willow has become the latest nostalgic property that has rallied fans to call for a sequel. And while the director has entertained rumors in the past year with vague mentions of “discussions” with Lucasfilm and Disney, a Willow sequel project may finally be happening. Howard confirmed that a Willow sequel series may soon be heading to Disney+.

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Willow Sequel

The American Cinematheque hosted a tribute to Ron Howard over the weekend, concluding with a screening of Willow. Howard and screenwriter Bob Dolman gave a Q&A after the screening and one of the stories they shared was about how the wife of The Hero’s Journey writer Joseph Campbell inspired a line that Howard put in the film. But the story begins earlier when producer George Lucas invited the filmmakers to dinner with the Campbells.

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Final cut is the privilege all directors want and only a select few can claim: the power to deliver their cut of the film without studio interference. Ron Howard is one director who has such clout, and he’s earned it with Oscar-nominated and winning films like Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, and crowd-pleasers like Coccoon, Splash and Backdraft.

Willow was actually the first movie on which Howard received final cut, the director revealed at an American Cinematheque screening celebrating his work. He has producer George Lucas to thank for it.

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Willow Star Wars

Willow was one of George Lucas’ post-Star Wars projects. While the latter was Lucas’s take on a space epic, Willow was his take on sword and sorcery. The Wookiepedia entry for Willow collects some sources that suggest Willow is actually part of that galaxy far, far away , perhaps on one planet in the Star Wars universe.

Wookiepedia cites the April Fool’s Joke that started this theory, yet the entry remains. At an American Cinematheque Q&A following a 70mm screening of Willow, director Ron Howard refuted the theory once and for all.

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revisiting willow

While he was on the press circuit for Solo: A Star Wars Story this summer, Ron Howard revealed that Lucasfilm was considering a follow-up to Willow, the 1988 fantasy Howard directed for George Lucas. This weekend, American Cinematheque screened Willow at a tribute to Howard’s career and Howard gave a Q&A along with screenwriter Bob Dolman.

During the Q&A, Howard again said that there is something in the works with Willow. After the Q&A, /Film approached Howard to follow up. If there is a Willow sequel, would Howard be involved again?

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Ralph Breaks the Internet - Imagine Dragons Music Video

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Watch an Imagine Dragons music video created for Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • An update to the Monarch website has some news about Godzilla‘s activity
  • Get some new details on the possibility of a Willow sequel
  • See a new clip from Johnny English Strikes Again
  • Find out which Muppets characters will be popping up in Wreck-It Ralph 2

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Willow Sequel

Ron Howard is out there promoting Solo: A Star Wars Story, but he’s also thinking about another potential special effects-filled blockbuster: Willow 2. After 30 years, Howard says a Willow sequel is now being discussed.

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