Disney Cancels Willow After One Season
It’s only been two months since Disney+ aired the season one finale of Willow on the streaming service, but now that episode will serve as a series finale. After only one season, Lucasfilm and Disney have decided to pull the plug on the show. Many involved with the series were excited about the prospect of a second season. Season one’s ending shared that optimism as well by leaving a massive cliffhanger; but now that story will not be resolved.
News of the cancellation came via DEADLINE today. While critics panned the show, fans showed the epic show some love on Rotten Tomatoes to the tune of an 83% fresh score. The show served as a sequel to the 1988 film and remains a significant intellectual property for Lucasfilm.
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The decision to cancel Willow comes amidst a series of changes at Lucasfilm. Star Wars projects by Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins were scrapped as Disney looks to reset its slate of offerings from Lucasfilm. Given the optimism shown by creatives Ron Howard and Jonathan Kasdan towards a second season, this cancellation does comes as somewhat of a surprise.
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Kasdan did show some perspective saying, “It’s a strange and unpredictable time here in Hollywood. You see it all over the industry – there are shows that were well on their way to moving forward that haven’t, shows that never expected to be in a second season that are – so you never know where you’re going to be and you never know where the world is going to end up in a year or whatever.” Kasdan added, “But I will tell you that these things take so long to get going and then to make that the attitude and the support from Lucasfilm has been: ‘We definitely want to keep telling these stories, but we don’t know what the future holds.”
We now know that the future doesn’t hold any more episodes for the cast and crew of Willow. Are you disappointed at the news of this cancellation? Let us know your thoughts on Willow in a comment and stay tuned for more news from Lucasfilm and Disney.
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