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Jon M. Chu & Kristin Hodge Expecting Baby #2; Will Leave 'Willow' Disney+ Series

Jon M. Chu has announced some happy news and not so happy news to his fans this week.

The Crazy Rich Asians director revealed that he has to depart the upcoming Willow series from Disney+.

“I’m heartbroken to let you all know that I unfortunately have to step away from directing Willow,” Jon shared in a short note on his social media pages.

He added that it’s due to “the production schedule moving due to continued lockdowns in the UK, and with a new baby coming this summer (surprise!), the timing is just not going to work out for me and my family.”

This will be Jon and his wife, Kristin Hodge‘s second child together. They also have a son, named Jonathan Heights Chu. The inspiration for his middle name came from In The Heights, which Jon is directing the movie adaptation of.

In his note, Jon also explained how heartbroken he was in having to not be part of Willow.

Willow will mark the return of Warwick Davis in the title role and focus on three women on a mission to save a kidnapped prince.

See who else will star in the show here…

Disney Is Making a 'Lilo & Stitch' Live-Action Remake & The Director Was Just Named!

The beloved Disney animated movie Lilo & Stitch is being made into a live-action film and the studio just selected the director!

Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct the upcoming movie, according to THR. The studio is looking for a writer to work with him to develop the movie.

Lilo & Stitch is about “the bond formed between a lonely human girl named Lilo and a dog-like alien named Stitch, who is engineered to be a force of destruction. Pursuing aliens, social workers and the idea of the bond of a family all figure into the proceedings.”

While the live-action remake was originally being developed as a movie for Disney+, it’s unclear if the movie will be released in theaters first or just go to the streaming service.

Chu is known for his work on the Step Up series, Crazy Rich Asians, Now You See Me 2, and the upcoming In the Heights.

Disney+ Orders 'Willow' Sequel Series; Original Star Warwick Davis Will Reprise Title Role

The Willow sequel series is officially coming to Disney+!

The network announced their plans for the show this week and revealed the Jon M. Chu would direct the project, and Warwick Davis would be back as the title character.

“Growing up in the ’80s, Willow has had a profound effect on me,” Jon shared in a statement on the project. “The story of the bravest heroes in the least likely places allowed me, an Asian-American kid growing up in a Chinese restaurant looking to go to Hollywood, to believe in the power of our own will, determination and of course, inner magic. So the fact that I get to work with my heroes from Kathleen Kennedy to Ron Howard is bigger than a dream come-true. It’s a bucket-list moment for me.”

Warwick added about returning to the world of Willow that “so many fans have asked me over the years if Willow will make a return, and now I’m thrilled to tell them that he will indeed.”

He continued, “Many have told me they grew up with Willow and that the film has influenced how they view heroism in our own world. If Willow Ufgood can represent the heroic potential in all of us, then he is a character I am extremely honored to reprise.”

The series will take place years after the events of the original film, and introduces all-new characters to the enchanted realm of fairy queens and two-headed Eborsisk monsters.

Stay tuned for more information on the show!

Just recently, Jon opened up about some other ideas he has for Disney+ shows. See what he said…

Olivia Wilde, Taylor Russell, & More Celebrate Their Spirit Awards Nominations at Brunch Event!

Olivia Wilde and Taylor Russell walk the carpet while attending the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Brunch on Saturday (January 4) at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood, Calif.

The ladies are both nominated at the upcoming awards show – Olivia for Best First Feature for Booksmart and Taylor for Best Supporting Female for Waves.

Olivia was joined on the carpet by her film’s screenwriter, Katie Silberman.

More stars in attendance included Best Female Lead nominees Alfre Woodard (Clemency) and Mary Kay Place (Diane), Best Director nominee Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Best Supporting Female nominee Shuzhen Zhao with her The Farewell director Lulu Wang, and In The Heights director Jon M. Chu.

Parasite is nominated for Best International Film and the movie’s director Bong Joon-Ho and stars Song Kang-Ho and Lee Jeong-eun were all there.

READ MORE: See the full list of Spirit Awards nominees!

FYI: Olivia is wearing rings by Toni + Chloë Goutal and Retrouvai. Taylor is wearing Chanel.

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Director Jon M. Chu Wants to Make a Rose Tico Series for Disney+ Starring Kelly Marie Tran

There has been a lot of discussion about Kelly Marie Tran‘s Star Wars character Rose Tico lately as fans believe she wasn’t treated well in The Rise of Skywalker.

Rose, who is a member of the resistance, barely had any screen time in the new movie. She was the first woman of color to have a significant role in the franchise and Kelly received so much online bullying that she eventually quit social media.

Now, director Jon M. Chu has publicly revealed that he wants to make a Rose Tico series for Disney+, the new streaming service from Disney.

“Ok @disneyplus . Put me in coach. Let’s make this series happen. #RoseTicoDeservedBetter @starwars,” he tweeted.

READ MORE: Kelly Marie Tran’s Screen Time in ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Was Timed & It’s Quite Shocking

'Crazy Rich Asians' Director Responds to Brenda Song Saying She Wasn't 'Asian Enough' to Audition

Jon M. Chu, the director of Crazy Rich Asians, is setting the record straight on Brenda Song‘s comments about his movie.

In a newly released interview with Teen Vogue, the 31-year-old actress claimed that she wasn’t allowed to audition for the movie because they said she wasn’t “Asian enough” for a role.

Now Jon is responding on Twitter to Brenda‘s comments saying he feels “horrible” that she would think that.

“🤷🏻‍♂️would these words ever come out of my mouth? Nope makes no sense,” John tweeted. “I feel horrible she thinks this is the reason. The fact is I love Brenda Song and am a fan. I didn’t need her to audition because I already knew who she was!”

Brenda has not yet responded to Jon‘s response.

'Crazy Rich Asians' Director Jon M. Chu Breaks Silence on Writer Adele Lim's Salary Dispute

Jon M. Chu, the director of the hit film Crazy Rich Asians and its upcoming sequel, is breaking his silence on screenwriter Adele Lim‘s salary dispute with the studio.

Adele, who co-wrote the first film, has decided not to participate in the sequel after she was offered significantly less money than her co-writer Peter Chiarelli.

THR reportedly that the offers were $800,000 to $1 million for Peter and $110,000+ for Adele.

“When I discovered she was unhappy with the initial offer, the producers, myself and studio executives leapt into action to ensure we got to a place of parity between the two writers at a significant number. It was both educational and powerful to hear all facets of the debate. Unfortunately by the time we came up with several different ways to satisfy everyone’s needs, a lot of time had passed and she declined the offer,” Jon wrote in an open letter posted on his Twitter account. “These things happen in negotiations, and I’m proud that she was able to stand up for her own measure of worth and walk away when she felt like she was being undervalued.”

Jon says he will definitely work with Adele in the future and he’s still leaving the door open for her to rejoin the Crazy Rich Asians sequel. He also asked fans to not attack Peter Chiarelli.

“The door is always open for Adele and if there’s another shot at making it work I know we are all for it but that’s a personal and private conversation between ourselves,” he wrote.

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