George Lucas‘ 1988 fantasy film Willow has been rumored to be getting a TV series for a while now. This past January, it was said by previous movie director Ron Howard that it was in development, but not greenlit yet. Well, it looks like the Disney+ project has been given the green light and a director for the pilot episode.
That director is Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu, who also confirmed this was happening:
Ok Ive been hiding this for a while now…but…IS THIS REAL LIFE???!!! Do I really get to work with this team on this story????? I mean I literally named my daughter Willow…literally. ‘Willow’ Sequel Series Officially a Go, Jon M. Chu to Direct https://t.co/L8fh0nJhe7 #Willow
— Jon M. Chu (@jonmchu) October 20, 2020
Chu will also be executive producing on the series, along with a bunch of other recognizable names including Kathleen Kennedy, Ron Howard, and Warwick Davis who will also be back in the role of Willow for the show. Jonathan Kasdan and Wendy Mericle will be the showrunners.
It doesn’t look like there will be two Lucasfilm shows about protecting a child though, as the Willow show will take place some years after the film. As Howard says, “This isn’t a nostalgic throw-back, it’s a creative lean-forward”.
We don’t know when the show will stream on Disney+, but production should start next year.