Disney revealed at their recent Investor's Presentation that a whole host of new TV shows would be heading to their streaming service in the coming months and years. While there was plenty of fanfare over the Star Wars and Marvel announcements, Warwick Davis' return as Willow Ufgood in a sequel series to the cult 80s movie was equally as exciting. Jon M Chu was confirmed as the series director, but sadly the Crazy Rich Asians filmmaker has left the series owing to personal reasons and the ongoing pandemic.
Taking to Twitter, Chu revealed why he has decided to walk away from the series;
"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. Willow has been one of my favourite 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."
Concluding on an optimistic note, Chu noted that he is just as excited as fans of the cult movie to see the further adventures of Willow.
"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."
Plot details remain under wraps, but we do know that Willow will accompany a small band of heroes seeking to rescue a prince from an evil force. The series recently added Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals), Cailee Spaeny (The Craft), and Erin Kellyman (Solo: A Star Wars Story) to the cast, and production is due to start in Wales later this year.