The ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ director has relinquished his role on the upcoming series, citing the UK lockdown and a surprise pregnancy.
Back in December we reported that Jon Chu, of Crazy Rich Asians fame, was set to direct a Disney+ Willow series. Unfortunately, the director has pulled out of the project, citing lockdowns and a surprise pregnancy.
According to a Lucasfilm post on Facebook, Chu stated, “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 continues, “As you may know, 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 Kathy, Ron, Jon, Wendy, Michelle, and the amazing cast and crew they’ve put together. 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.”
The production delay following the renewed UK COVID-19 lockdown will most likely provide the time needed to find a suitable replacement, but whether the producers can maintain their 2022 release date remains to be seen.