Director Jon M Chu Drops Out of Upcoming Willow Series on Disney
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Director Jon M Chu Drops Out of Upcoming Willow Series on Disney+

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BY February 10, 2021

Jon M Chu was a bit of a wildcard choice for director of the upcoming Willow series coming to Disney+.  The director of Crazy Rich Asians is apparently a huge fan of the original Willow film. His excitement for the new Willow series was palpable in recent months. Unfortunately, timing is a huge issue right now. Especially with ongoing production shutdowns due to the pandemic. And due to bad timing, Jon M Chu will no longer be directing the upcoming Disney+ Willow series.

Willow Loses A Director As Jon M Chu Departs

Jon M. Chu Photo by Eva Rinaldi via Wikimedia Commons

The filmmaker announced his departure from the series via an Instagram post this week.

“I’m 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 is still onboard as an Executive Producer for the series, but unfortunately that means Disney has to find a new director fast. Luckily the Willow series does have Solo writer Jonathan Kasdan still serving as showrunner alongside Wendy Mericle who has written for The Clone Wars and Arrow. Ron Howard directed the original Willow film in the 80’s, and also serves as an Executive Producer for the show. Maybe Disney will be able to rope him into directing the first season. Or they could go in another direction entirely (is Jon Favreau too busy? How about Taika Waititi?)

Willow Sequel Series Disney+ John M. Chu Featured Image Image via Lucasfilm

Chu reinforced his excitement for the project, even though he will no longer be as closely involved as he once was.

“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; Ron, Jon, Wendy, Michelle 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 do they have an adventure in store for you! I can’t wait for you all to experience it soon.”

We will have to wait to see who will replace Jon M Chu as the director for the upcoming Willow series on Disney+. To stay up to date, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today for all of your genre news.

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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