The 'Willow' Reboot for Disney+ Just Lost Jon M. Chu

The 'Crazy Rich Asians' director has stepped down

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Jan 11, 2021

The Willow reboot for Disney+ has just hit a major snag, as Crazy Rich Asians filmmaker Jon M. Chu has exited the project.

Chu made the announced on Twitter today, writing: "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 continued: "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 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."

So far, there's no word on who might be taking over for Chu. You can see his full post below.

As previously reported, the beloved fantasy property originally created by George Lucas will feature original director Ron Howard serving as executive producer, with Warwick Davis reprising his role as the titular hero Willow Ufgood. Cailee Spaeny (The Craft), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals) and Erin Kellyman (Solo: A Star Wars Story) are also all set to star.

So far, there's no word on when the Willow could see release.

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