Jon M. Chu announces that he is stepping down as director of the Disney + series Willow in the middle of the news, he and wife Kristin Hodge are expecting their third child
Jon M. Chu has announced that he will drop out of directing the Disney + series Willow.
The Crazy Rich Asians director revealed several factors that played into his decision to step down ̵
The 41-year-old, who announced that he and his wife Kristin Hodge were expecting their third child this summer, wrote on their social media platforms on Monday: ‘I am heartbroken to tell you all that I unfortunately have to walk away from leading Arrow. ‘
Willow update: Jon M. Chu announced that he and his wife Kristin Hodge are expecting their third child together and that the pregnancy news and change of production schedule has forced him to drop out of the upcoming series, Willow
Chu revealed that the move of the production schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic also played a role in his decision to drop out of halving Willow, saying: ‘The timing just won’t work for me and my family. ”
‘As you may know, Willow has been one of my favorite movies since I was a kid, so I’m devastated that I can’ t work with some of my heroes old and new, ‘he added, naming some of the producers, the writers, the cast and the crew working on the series
‘As a kid watching Willow for the first time in the’ 80s, I’m looking forward to watching this magical new world unfold as a very enthusiastic fan. And boy, do they have an adventure waiting for you! I can not wait for you all to experience it soon. ‘
Statement: Chu, 41, shared his disappointment at dropping out of directing Willow and that it has been one of his favorite movies since he was a child
Growing family: This will be Chu and wife Kristin Hodge’s third child; The couple is seen celebrating their second wedding anniversary in July 2020
Chu ended the statement by offering ‘a lot of love’ to his fans and that they ‘take care of each other in these rapidly changing times.’
It has been revealed that the Willow series follows the events of the 1988 Ron Howard-directed hit film Howard returns as executive producer for the new project.
In a likely sign of his fandom, Chu and Hodge have a three-year-old daughter named Willow.
The couple has a three-year-old daughter named Willow and a 17-month-old son Jonathan Heights; the author and director are pictured with his children in June 2020
They also have a 17-month-old son Jonathan Heights, whose middle name came from his upcoming film In The Heights, which is a film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical.
The film was originally slated to debut in June 2020, but it has since moved to June 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis and will be available in theaters and HBO Max the same day.
Chu gained global recognition when he directed 2018’s breakout smash hit film Crazy Rich Asians, earning $ 238.5 million at the worldwide box office with only a budget of $ 30 million.
Breakout: Chu gained global acclaim when he directed the 2018 smash hit film Crazy Rich Asians and earned $ 238.5 million at the worldwide box office with only a budget of $ 30 million