There will be no season two for Willow on Disney+. The live-action series based on the 1988 fantasy film from Ron Howard has been canceled two months after the first season aired. The eight-episode first season picked up years after the movie. It didn’t have quite the impact or viewership as the original movie but was well-received by critics with an 83% Fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
This series might not continue, but Lucasfilm maintains that Willow is still an important IP going forward. Speaking of Lucasfilm, they’ve been reevaluating their library and film slate going forward. They’ve already canceled at least two Star Wars movies, including Patty Jenkins‘s Rogue Squadron movie, which was announced in 2020. Lucasfilm hasn’t been doing much in the way of film since Rise of Skywalker came out, but they’ve made a significant investment into streaming series on Disney+.
This cancelation is no doubt spurred by the muted reaction to the show and every media giant looking to spend their money elsewhere as streaming has shown to be less profitable than previously thought.
Willow introduced new characters and is set in a world where brownies, sorcerers, trolls and other mystical creatures flourish. An unlikely group of heroes set off on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together to save their world.
Ellie Bamber, Ruby Cruz, Erin Kellyman, Amer Chadha-Patel, and Tony Revolori starred alongside Warwick Davis, who reprised his title role as Willow Ufgood.
Jonathan Kasdan wrote the pilot and served as co-showrunner alongside Wendy Mericle; Howard, and writer Bob Dolman. Kathleen Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan also served as executive producers.
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