Disney+ Cancels 'Willow' After One Season

by Outsiders
March 15, 2023
Deadline is reporting that the streaming platform Disney+ has canceled Willow, Disney+ís live-action original series based on the 1988 fantasy film directed by Ron Howard. The first and only season consisted of eight episodes and served as a sequel to the classic movie.

No official reason for the cancellation as the series was well-received by critics, but was criticized but fans. Willow remains an important IP in the Lucasfilm library so it might be revisited.



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UnknownQuantity - 2023-03-16 @ 8:44 am

I am . . . SLIGHTLY disappointed . . . and GENUINELY surprised. But not SHOCKED.

I thought it was a perfectly decent show. NOT a perfectly PERFECT show, by any means, and ABSOLUTELY not a great follow-up to the movie. As noted by others, it had a RIDICULOUSLY hard time trying to figure out what it wanted to be, and never quite managed it. I thought it was good enough for what it was, standing on its own. But in the framework of the original film? KINDA mediocre, honestly.

Still, I am surprised it got cancelled because (to this point) Disney+ hasn't had an issue leaning into and sticking with its projects, seeing them all the way through. And especially leaving it off with a cliffhanger . . . didn't see that coming.

Nevertheless, given the price of the endeavor, and the lukewarm reception from fans, it's not TOO surprising that they'd cut bait early.

Goldbug - 2023-03-16 @ 5:13 am

I liked it. It seemed to me they were going to try to save Madmartigan next & deal with evil version of Elora

AlanXember - 2023-03-16 @ 2:22 am

With respect to anyone the new series appealed to... And I mean that, if you liked/loved it, it did its job and that's great....

But this series seemed really confused about what it was to me. The Willow movie had such a strong, rough charm to it, with some unlikely, clearly unimportant characters, in a rough but fun fantasy world that end up saving the day and earning some enjoyable, admirable and natural character dynamics and growth. It felt authentic and gritty, as if the fantasy heroes never showed up, so we got a worldly, but morally ambiguous and delusional thug and a half-height farmer that just wants to be back with his kids. A fun fantasy romp with a heart anyone can relate to. In contrast, the series seemed to revel in cliche, self-important, high-borne fantasy heroes learning to be more self-infatuated and angsty while bordering on being abusive to the ones they claim to love for forced melodrama or a joke. Like watching a terrible, shallow highshchool clique that pretends to be friends until the others aren't looking. Not in the unlikely heroes way either, more like how slasher movies write horrible, shallow people being awful to eachother as leads so people root for the killer. All wrapped up in very modern, fast-food storytelling and writing. The ending felt so empty to me.

Really wanted to defend this show, but I couldn't find anything to get behind. The one upside I can think of is that they know when to quit.

lordtom - 2023-03-16 @ 12:24 am

Oh no, how sad /s

Don't worry I'm sure the cliffhange will be resolved in a Marvel comic

Satam - 2023-03-15 @ 8:46 pm

Well, that sucks. It ended on a cliffhanger. I know it wasn't everybody's cup of tea, but my wife and I liked it. It was fun.

Reno - 2023-03-15 @ 7:54 pm

I re-watched the original movie that I hadn't seen since it first came out and then watched the series. It was "fine", I enjoyed it enough for a one-time watch, but I'd likely never sit down and re-watch it. I'd prefer if Disney spent more of their focus on the Marvel and Star Wars shows. I'm very disappointed that they intend to slow those down. In my opinion there should be at least one new episode for each IP for every single week of the year. Otherwise, I'm not sure why I should continue to pay for Disney+ every month when it would be far wiser to just pay when a show I want to see completes it 's run and I can binge it in a weekend.

Outsiders - 2023-03-15 @ 7:42 pm

Deadline is reporting that the streaming platform Disney+ has canceled Willow, Disney+s live-action original series based on the 1988 fantasy film directed by Ron Howard. The first and only season consisted of eight episodes and served as a sequel to the classic movie.

No official reason for the cancellation as the series was well-received by critics, but was criticized but fans. Willow remains an important IP in the Lucasfilm library so it might be revisited.

Artoyz - 2023-01-19 @ 2:13 pm

Willow;

See how we made him a moron and not the main character.

Outsiders - 2023-01-19 @ 12:38 am

On the heels of the season finale of Lucasfilms all-new action-adventure series Willow based on George Lucas fantasy-adventure film, Disney+ has set a January 25, 2023 premiere date for the debut of its original documentary special, Willow: Behind the Magic. Featuring the series breakout stars and returning legends, the documentary takes viewers behind the scenes for an in-depth look at the making of the hit original series, which debuted on Disney+ on November 30, 2022.

The story of Willow begins when an aspiring sorcerer, played by Warwick Davis, is whisked away on a journey to protect an infant empress Elora Danan and vanquish the evil Queen Bavmorda from their world of Andowyne. Now, the story continues with Davis reprising his titular role as he leads an unlikely crew of heroes which includes a now-grown Elora, who has just learned of her prodigious birthright on a quest to protect Andowyne from an even larger foe than they had imagined possible. Willow also stars Ellie Bamber, Ruby Cruz, Erin Kellyman, Tony Revolori, Amar Chadha-Patel, Dempsey Bryk, and Joanne Whalley. Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Jonathan Kasdan, Tommy Harper, Wendy Mericle, Roopesh Parekh, Ron Howard, and Samie Kim Falvey serve as executive producers. The writers are John Bickerstaff, Hannah Friedman, and Jonathan Kasdan. The producers are Stephen Woolfenden, Julia Cooperman, Hameed Shaukat, and Max Taylor.

Outsiders - 2022-11-23 @ 12:11 am

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