In October, Disney and Lucasfilm had confirmed the series adaptation of the classic 1988 picture with Chu at the helm. The Crazy Rich Asians filmmaker was set to direct the pilot and executive produce the reboot for the streamer.
Over a heartfelt statement, Chu cites scheduling conflicts owed to continued lockdowns impacting production and the arrival of a new baby as the reasons behind his exit.
“I’m heartbroken to let you all know that I unfortunately have to step away from directing Willow,” Chu wrote in a statement. “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 out for me and my family.”
The series will be set years after the film and will introduce new characters into the world of Willow. The fantasy drama reboot is still in early stages of production but will find Warwick Davis reprise his role of Willow Ufgood.
“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,” he continued. “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.”