Right here’s a spot of excellent cheer amid the overall chaos of life recently: not solely is the Ron Howard-produced, Warwick Davis-starring Willow sequel sequence for Disney+ shifting full steam forward, it’s simply added a superb director to its ranks: Within the Heights and Loopy Wealthy Asians’ Jon M. Chu.
Based on a Disney+ press launch, Cho, who will direct the pilot, additionally joins the checklist of govt producers that features Howard, Kathleen Kennedy, and showrunners Jonathan Kasdan (who additionally wrote the pilot) and Arrow’s Wendy Mericle. Bob Dolman, who wrote the Willow script (based mostly, after all, on a narrative by George Lucas) has a “consulting producer” credit score, and Warwick Davis continues to be set to reprise his iconic function.
“Growing up in the ’80s, Willow has had a profound effect on me. The story of the bravest heroes in the least likely places allowed me, an Asian-American kid growing up in a Chinese restaurant looking to go to Hollywood, to believe in the power of our own will, determination and of course, inner magic,” Chu stated within the launch.
After all Chu didn’t say a lot in regards to the sequence itself, apart from noting that Kasdan and Mericle “have added groundbreaking new characters and delightful surprises to this timeless story.” The press launch additionally reminds us that the sequence will probably be Lucasfilm’s “first venture into non-Star Wars storytelling since 2015,” and that it’ll happen some years after the occasions of the 1988 movie.
“This isn’t a nostalgic throw-back, it’s a creative lean-forward and it’s a blast to be a part of it all,” Howard stated.
Everybody concerned sounds pumped, however Davis perhaps most of all. “So many fans have asked me over the years if Willow will make a return, and now I’m thrilled to tell them that he will indeed,” the actor stated. “Many have told me they grew up with Willow and that the film has influenced how they view heroism in our own world. If Willow Ufgood can represent the heroic potential in all of us, then he is a character I am extremely honored to reprise.”
No phrase but on after we’ll be attending to see Willow’s new adventures together with his magical friends and foes on the streamer, however Disney+ did be aware that the sequence will start manufacturing subsequent 12 months amid “the dramatic and enchanted landscapes of Wales, where much of the original film was shot.”
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