Jon M. Chu has revealed he will no longer direct the pilot of the upcoming Willow series.
The new Disney+ show is set as a sequel and picks up years after the events of the 80s film.
In a note shared to social media, the director opened up about his decision to step down as director due to scheduling delays amid the ongoing pandemic and lockdown rules.
“I’m heartbroken to let you all know that I unfortunately have to let you all know that I unfortunately have to step away from directing Willow,” he said. “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.”
“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,” Jon continued. “Like a kid seeing Willow for the time in the ’80s, I will look forward to watching this magical 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.”
Jon was attached to direct the pilot, and serve as an executive producer.
If you missed it, find out who was recently cast in the series, alongside the film’s original star Warwick Davis.
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