Disney+ readies Willow series

The follow-up to the classic 1988 fantasy film comes as the House of Mouse doubles down on original streaming content.
October 21, 2020

Disney+ is feeling the fantasy. A new series inspired by George Lucas’s epic adventure picĀ Willow is set to begin production in Wales next year.

The show will serve as Lucasfilm’s first non-Star Wars storytelling effort since 2015. Taking place years after the events of the Willow film—in which the main character goes on a quest to save a baby destined to defeat an evil sorcerer—the upcoming series will introduce new characters, as well as welcome back original star Warwick Davis (pictured).

Jon Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) will direct the pilot and serve as an executive producer, alongside Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan and showrunners Jonathan Kasdan (Solo) and Wendy Mericle (Arrow). Kasdan also wrote the pilot.

Ron Howard, director of the Willow film, will also serve as an executive producer on the upcoming show. The movie’s writer Bob Dolman, meanwhile, will act as a consulting producer.

Earlier this month, Disney announced a strategic reorganization of its media and entertainment segments in order to accelerate streaming growth. The House of Mouse will focus on developing and producing original content for its streaming services as fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect its parks, experiences and products business.

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