Willow (TV series)

Upcoming fantasy television series

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Willow
Genre
Based onWillow by
George Lucas
Developed by
Starring
ComposerJames Newton Howard[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
ProducerJulia Cooperman
Production locationWales
Production companies
Distributor
Release
Original networkDisney+
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Willow is an upcoming fantasy television series based on the 1988 film of the same name. It is scheduled to premiere in 2022 on Disney+.

Premise

A princess assembles a party to join her on her quest to rescue her twin brother.

Cast

Production

Development

Discussions about a continuation of the film began as early as 2005,[6] with Warwick Davis reiterating his interest in returning in multiple interviews.[7][8] During a May 2019 interview with an MTV podcast, Ron Howard, director of the 1988 film, revealed he had been approached by Jonathan Kasdan about rebooting the film as a television series at Disney+.[9]

In October 2020, the series was greenlit, with Jon M. Chu directing the pilot episode and Davis reprising his titular role.[2][10] Chu would announce that he had to step away from directing duties due to a production delay and personal reasons in January 2021.[11] Later that month, Jonathan Entwistle was hired to replace Chu as director of the pilot, and will also executive produce.[12] However, due to production delays as a result of a recasting, Entwistle also exited the series, with Stephen Woolfenden coming in to direct the first two episodes of the series.[13]

Casting

In November, Erin Kellyman, Cailee Spaeny and Ellie Bamber entered negotiations to join the cast.[3] In January 2021, Tony Revolori would enter negotiations to join the cast, which was now confirmed to include Kellyman, Spaeny and Bamber.[14] Revolori would be confirmed to join the cast in March, along with the recasting of Spaeny with Ruby Cruz.[4] Amer Chadha-Patel would be added the next month.[5]

Filming

Filming for the series began in June 2021 in Wales,[15] with Dragon Studios near Llanharan being used as a location.[16]

References

  1. ^ "James Newton Howard to Compose Music for Disney+ Series 'Willow'". Film Music Reporter. September 8, 2021. Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Jon M. Chu to Direct Lucasfilm's Willow Series for Disney+". Lucasfilm. Archived from the original on November 24, 2020. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie. "'Willow': Erin Kellyman, Cailee Spaeny & Ellie Bamber Poised To Star In Disney+ Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 30, 2020. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie. "'Willow': Ruby Cruz Cast As A Lead In Disney+ Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 11, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (April 26, 2021). "'Willow': Amer Chadha-Patel To Star In Disney+ Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 26, 2021. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
  6. ^ Vespe, Eric "Quint" (April 24, 2005). "CELEBRATION is had by many a STAR WARS geek! Lucas talks! Footage shown! Details here!". Ain't It Cool News. Archived from the original on May 31, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2008.
  7. ^ Adler, Shawn (June 13, 2008). "Warwick Davis Enthusiastic About Possibility For 'Willow 2'". MTV News. Archived from the original on December 26, 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2008.
  8. ^ Chung, Frank. "Warwick Davis on Star Wars: Episode VIII 'cliffhanger', possible Willow sequel". News.com.au. Archived from the original on November 12, 2020. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie. "'Willow' Series Reboot Based On Film Eyed At Disney+". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 11, 2020. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  10. ^ Thorne, Will. "'Willow' Sequel Series Officially a Go at Disney Plus, Jon M. Chu to Direct". Variety. Archived from the original on December 2, 2020. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  11. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandria. "Jon M. Chu No Longer Directing 'Willow' Pilot For Disney+ Series: "The Timing Is Just Not Going To Work"". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 13, 2021. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  12. ^ Kit, Borys. "'Willow': Disney+ Series Finds Its Director with 'I'm Not Okay With This' Co-Creator (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 29, 2021. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  13. ^ Andreva, Nellie. "'Willow': Stephen Woolfenden Steps In As Pilot Director After Jonathan Entwistle Exits". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 16, 2021. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Tony Revolori In Talks For 'Willow' Series On Disney+". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 26, 2021. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  15. ^ Daniels, Nia (June 3, 2021). "Cameras roll in Wales on Willow for Disney+". Kemps Film and TV Production Services Handbook. Archived from the original on June 12, 2021. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  16. ^ Williams, Kathryn (September 6, 2021). "Willow and Star Wars actor Warwick Davis joins the celebs holidaying in Wales". Media Wales. Retrieved October 2, 2021.

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