Though Lucasfilm had only been working on Star Wars since the Disney acquisition, the studio is now set to work on some other IP under their banner. One such project is Willow which has been greenlit for a Disney+ series, and the show has just found someone to direct.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jonathan Entwistle (I Am Not Okay with This, The End of the F***ing World) has been tapped by Disney to direct the Willow pilot. Originally, the pilot was supposed to be directed by Crazy Rich Asians helmer Jon M. Chu, but he had to back out due to scheduling conflicts.
Entwistle had this to say about landing the job:
“With its epic world of swords, sorcery and adventure, Willow captivated and influenced so many… I’m excited to be going on this journey and working with Jon [Kasdan] and Wendy [Mericle] to create something that is both deeply rooted in that original film and also a fresh, funny and charming addition to the beloved story. To be able to play within the world so painstakingly crafted by Ron [Howard] back in ’88 is a dream come true for me.”
Though the series is considered to be another reboot/sequel, the show will bring back Warwick Davis to reprise the role of Willow Ufgood. Other new members of the cast include Ellie Bamber, Erin Kellyman, and Cailee Spaeny.
While Willow didn’t receive the same success that Star Wars did, the property remains to be a cult favorite, not unlike The Dark Crystal or Labyrinth. With Jon Kasdan breathing new life into Han Solo with Solo: A Star Wars Story, I’m hoping he has an interesting angle to approach a property like Willow.
No release date has been set for the Willow series, but with production expected to start this spring, it’s possible the show could have a 2022 release.