Disney+ Willow Director Shares Heartbreaking Update on the Series

Fans of the well-loved Willow movie have been eagerly waiting for any updates for the upcoming sequel series that is coming from Lucasfilm, the creator of Star Wars. The series is supposed to be under the helm of director Jon M. Chu. Disney and Lucasfilm previously announced that Chu will be directing the Willow series, which will be acting as a sequel to the events that occurred in Ron Howard's 1988 movie.

A message from @jonmchu: WILLOW UPDATE: I'm heartbroken to let you all know that I unfortunately have to step away...
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Monday, January 11, 2021

Unfortunately, the new production delays caused by the pandemic has led the director to step away. Chu revealed on social media that he will no longer participate with WIllow due to scheduling conflicts. He said in a statement, "I am heartbroken to let you all know that I unfortunately have to step away from directing Willow. With the production schedule moving due to continued lockdowns in the UK, and with a new baby coming this summer (surprise!), the timing is just not going to work for me and my family."

Chu continued by sharing his love for the original movie. He is excited about what the team has created for the Willow series on Disney+. He said, "As you may know, Willow has been one of my favorite movies since I was a child, so I'm devastated that I won't be able to work with some of my heroes old and new like Kathy [Kennedy], Ron [Howard], Jon [Kasdan], Wendy [Mericle], Michelle [Rejwan], and the amazing cast and crew they've put together. Like a kid seeing Willow for the first time in the '80s, I will look forward to watching this magical new world unfold as a very enthusiastic fan. And boy to they have an adventure in store for you! I can't wait for you all to experience it soon."

With the delay, Lucasfilm would likely be able to have the time to hire Chu's replacement. Disney+Willow is set for a 2022 release.

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