Following news that Willow, the Disney+ live-action series based on Ron Howard’s 1988 cult fantasy film, won’t be getting a second season, creator and showrunner Jon Kasdan has come out to clear the air. It appears Season 2 has been put on hold instead of being cancelled, with Kasdan noting that the script has already been written.
“I feel fairly confident that, if asked, neither I, nor the folks at Lucasfilm, would or have actually characterised [Willow as being cancelled],” he said in his announcement post on Twitter. “The truth is less splashy, but here it is: A decision was made last week to release our main cast for other series opportunities that may arise for them in the coming year.” The ruling comes after confirmation within Lucasfilm that Willow won’t resume filming in the next 12 months.
It doesn’t mean that will be the case once the window has passed, however. Speaking of the plans for the second season, Kasdan shared, “With the enthusiastic and unwavering support of Lucasfilm and Disney, we’ve developed and written what we hope is a brain-meltingly fun, richer, darker, and better Volume 2, which builds on the characters and story of our first eight chapters.
“Volume 2 is all about courage, desire, acceptance, and the comedy and beauty to be found in even the darkest places and moments. It’s about the enemies we must inevitably confront, both without and, often far more insidiously, from within. But above all, it’s about the ineffable and enduring magic of friendship,” added Kasdan.
Willow stars Ellie Bamber, Ruby Cruz, Erin Kellyman, Amer Chadha-Patel, and Tony Revolori alongside Warwick Davis, who reprised his title role as Willow Ufgood. Kasdan and Wendy Mericle served as co-showrunners, with Howard, writer Bob Dolman, Kathleen Kennedy, and Michelle Rejwan joining the crew as executive producers.