Disney +’s Willow creator teases Volume II
Willow creator Jo Kasdan teased the write up of Volume II despite cancellation rumours. The series, which is a sequel to the Ron Howard and George Lucas 1988 fantasy movie of the same name, is written up and ready for production, but is not likely to be released before the next year. The series which stars Warwick Davis, Buby Bamber and Ellie Cruz is shot on location across the idyllic countryside landscapes of Wales.
In the midst of naysayers and false headlines, creator Jo Kasdan took to Twitter to share a lengthy explanation of the fate of Disney+ series Willow. Expressing his understanding for media outlets wanting to opt for the “fun and juicy” audience catching headlines, Volume II for the fantasy series has been written and is ready to bring something “brain-meltingly fun, richer, darker and batter”. Whilst audiences and crew wait for an official greenlight on when the next installment will be released, the cast have been released to pursue other projects as Kadan expressed the unfairness of expecting the actors to wait around on something with an indefinite timeline.
"If you're asking what this means for you as a viewer, or me as the creator, here's what I think it means: Due to forces much larger and more intricate than I would ever pretend to fully understand, production of streaming shows is slowing down across the entire industry, and Willow won't resume filming in the next 12 months," commented Kasdan in his statement.
The first season of the show landed on Disney Plus on 30 November, reintroducing audiences to character favourites from the original movie. 35 years later, the fantasy story returned to Wales to continue the magical adventure. Locations included Eryri (Snowdonia), Pendine Sands beach in Carmarthen and Morlais Park as well as state of the art sound stage space at Dragon Studios for the reimagining of Nellwyn Valley and beyond.
"Initially, that is what caught our eyes," says John Hampian, Vice President of Physical Production at Lucasfilm, "The fact that you could be in a forest and just five miles away is an amazing quarry, a brilliant water feature just down the road, and caves that you cannot find anywhere else. That caught our attention and convinced us to bring ‘Willow’ to Wales."
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