Rumor: STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 Release Date Could Be Delayed Due to Harrison Ford’s Injury

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A new “anklegate” rumor has surfaced from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.  Just over a week ago, Harrison Ford suffered an injury during the production of director J.J. Abrams’ sequel.  The severity of the accident was unknown at the time, but it was reported that Ford had possibly broken his ankle.  Last week, we not only learned that it was actually Ford’s leg that was broken in the incident, but also that the injury will keep Ford off the set for eight weeks of filming.  That’s a substantial amount of time for any production, but with Star Wars—a film in which Ford is said to have a significant leading role—that’s quite a hindrance.

Disney’s initial statement read that shooting would continue as Ford recovers, but a new report has surfaced that claims that production may now be facing a significant delay, putting the December 18, 2015 release date of Episode VII in question.  More after the jump.

star-wars-episode-7-harrison-fordThe folks over at Jedi News (via ScreenCrush) are reporting that a production meeting was called this morning at Pinewood Studios in London in order to discuss how to move forward following Ford’s injury.  The site reports that early word is production of Episode VII could be pushed back “by a substantial amount of time”, therefore making the December 2015 release date a questionable prospect.

It’s important to keep in mind that we have heard nothing from Disney or LucasFilm to indicate that filming on Episode VII might be delayed, let alone the release date, so don’t take this as hard fact just yet.  However, with Ford out of the picture for two months, some serious production rescheduling will be necessary.

It’s not impossible to work around the injury, as Robert Downey Jr. was sidelined from Iron Man 3 with an ankle injury for two months.  The Marvel production shut down for a week, then resumed without Downey Jr., shooting scenes that didn’t involve Stark and using stand-ins for wide shots while Downey Jr. recuperated.  A similar gameplan could be utilized on Episode VII (the cast is quite massive), or it’s also possible that Disney might be forced to push the film’s release date to 2016—which would be rather ironic, given that Abrams thought the December 2015 release date was too early in the first place.

jj-abrams-star-wars-episode-7Again, this should all be treated as a rumor for now since we’ve had no indication from Disney or LucasFilm that the production schedule of Episode VII has been impacted significantly.  That’s not to say the film won’t be delayed, but hopefully we’ll hear more official status updates soon.  For now, here’s hoping the rest of Abrams’ shoot goes smoothly.

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  • Person

    Didn’t they already say they were shuffling dates around to leave all of Ford’s stuff for the end?

    They could have already secured a prime May 2016 date (which is Star Wars tradition anyway) well in advance; I haven’t looked at the 2016 calendar, but I hope all the weekends that month haven’t already been taken by big movies.

    In the meantime, get well soon Han.

    • MJ

      They can pick any date they want in May 2016, and other movies will then be forced to move their dates. This release has that kind of power.

      • SomeGuy

        The force is strong with this one.

        I say push the date to 2016 and do not rush this due to the recent circumstances.

      • Person

        Yeah good point. I hope that’s what ends up happening, even though it’ll make 2016 just as painful for my wallet as 2015 will be.

      • MJ

        Yea, this year is getting tough as it is. I had to pass on Jump Street, and seeing Edge for a second time just considering my wallet.

      • Person

        Understandable on Jump Street, it’s a good movie but by no means really demands to be seen in a theater.

      • Scullibundo

        Except for maybe Avatar 2′s date.

    • dolphin558

      Captain America 3 and Batman vs Superman = early May 2016

  • thaRiddler

    May 20th 2016!!! Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!

    • Tom

      Who normal wants to wait that long?!

      • doctor_robot

        me.

      • Tom

        In December 2016 is going to be release a untitled Star Wars stand-alone film directed by Gareth Edwards. I guess if this rumor comes true, this picture will be delayed too (it’s hard to imagine dwo films from Star Wars universe in same year).

  • Sameer Shahnewaz

    If Episode VII release date does get pushed back then WB should take the chance and schedule Batman v Superman for that december 2015 date .

    Hobbit films are earning a billion bucks per movie on that date , star wars would have made similar if not more , so WB should capitalize

  • Werefon

    Yeah, put it against Batman v Superman and Cap 3.
    I never watched 3 movies in a row in theater. Do it Disney, Do it, Do it…
    Star Wars makes more money anyways.

    • Nick

      CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! But then which order do I watch them in? Probably Star Wars, Cap 3, the BvS – in order of my anticipation level. It’ll help combat movie fatigue.

      • Werefon

        Sonds like a plan.

      • Werefon

        Sonds like a plan.

  • Christian

    It seems odd that Disney would push forward announcing Rian Johnson’s direction of the sequel if they knew that Episode VII would be delayed.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Everybody kept saying that 2015 was going to be the greatest year ever for movies, but how many of the major blockbusters have already gotten pushed back a year? Fast and Furious, Batman V Superman V Wonder Woman V Cyborg V Aquaman: Dawn of Lex’s shaved head, and now Star Wars.

    Has any other movie been moved back? When will AntMan announce a necessary push back to handle their debacle?

    • Christian

      For what it’s worth, Fast 7 is still going to be 2015. It was originally pushed from this year.

  • Mike

    Could be they’re using this as an excuse to fix things. It’s obvious that they’re going to make this cgi heavy now. Especially after those dreadful creature pictures released. Going to be a lot of cgi replacement.

    • Zarles

      You know nothing.

      • Johnson

        … Jon Snow.

      • Soonmixdin

        Well played, Johnson. Well played!

    • milo

      Aside from the general full of crap-ness, CGI doesn’t take that long so that wouldn’t be a reason for a delay.

      There would always have been some CGI creatures, some, but I’d be shocked if these were as CGI heavy as the prequels (which had tons of greenscreen as well as the creatures).

  • MJ

    There always seems to be a reason why JJ can’t get movies done on time.

    • Conor

      And what, pray tell, are you going to do about that?

      • MJ

        Nothing, other than, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” :-)

        I like JJ, but he has always been a procrastinator. The accident is not his doing of course, but if he can find a way to turn this into a six month extension, he will do that for sure.

  • 80sRobot

    Oh well, I guess it was too good to be true about a new Star Wars coming soon without a hitch.

    • Jamesy

      As far as I’m aware, all of the Star Wars movies begin with a hitch…It’s kind of a tradition.

  • Tom

    Hope it’s just some kind Latino-Review rumor.

  • Ben

    Nope. Not going to happen

  • http://www.youtube.com/somejackball somejackball

    haha, development hell already!! probably be years before we see it, just like Fury Road

  • Atlasshruggedmyass

    Disney prefers December over may 2016 because that’s when the Rio Olympics will take place and hell look how much damage the world cup did to box office this year alone!

  • wishinghand

    Anklegate? I hope an editor didn’t pass eyes over that and let it go to publication.

  • Luek David Grainger

    If JJ wasn’t so hell bent on filming on celluloid this would be an easy obstacle to overcome.

    • The Flobbit

      He thinks that filming on celluloid and using models will make us reassured of the movies quality. It has the exact opposite approach: like an amateur and a wannabe trying desperately not to screw up.

      • Sweet Pea

        Did you just imply JJ Abrams is an amateur and a wannabe?? Speak for yourself, but I think most fans were very relieved he decided to take it back to a more old school approach to film making and away from the comical and completely disconnected computer game look Lucas went for in Eps I-III.

  • The Flobbit

    If this is true, it means that Harrison has a bigger role than we thought…

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      I think than Han Solo will play a new Sith.

      • Darth Hamill

        Plus, Leia joined him and now they fight together as a Sith family. Against… against… against Chewie. :)

    • Sweet Pea

      Correct, apparently he is one of the leads in Episode VII…

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  • eternalozzie

    I don’t think it matters … it will make a lot of money either way … I just wish they went with a new younger cast … this will have to have a good story line to be interesting … hopefully JJ has one because Lucas isn’t there to steal it from Dune this time.

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