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Rumor: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Could Get Pushed Back to 2016

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June 23, 2014
Source: Jedi News

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It's time for another big rumor for Star Wars: Episode VII. No we're not talking about the stupid story from The Sun claiming that Tom Cruise will have a cameo in the film. Yes, Cruise had dinner with J.J. Abrams, but the director is also a producer on Mission: Impossible 5, and the film is preparing to shoot in the United Kingdom. However, there is a rumor to potentially be concerned about. Jedi News has heard there was an emergency meeting at Pinewood Studios across the pond today to talk about the future of Star Wars: Episode VII, because it turns out Harrison Ford's injury might be worse than previously thought.

Initially, it was reported that Ford broke his ankle on the set of the film when a retractable door collapsed on his leg. However, his publicist informed CNN that the 71-year old actor actually broke his leg. At first, it was only thought that Ford would be unable to film for eight weeks, and it wouldn't delay the production of the film. However, this new rumor says Ford's injury will keep him off the set for six months, and that's a big problem because he's one of the lead characters involved in this new adventure along with a trio of new characters. That seems like a long time to recover for a broken leg, but he's not exactly young anymore.

So with that kind of a delay, word on the street is that the film might end up having to be pushed back. It could be a blessing in disguise on some level since summer has always been where Star Wars movies called home. And with 2015 already chock so full of blockbuster craziness, maybe it will be better for the film to arrive in May 2016 instead. But what would that mean for the Star Wars spin-off from Godzilla director Gareth Edwards? The film has already been slated for release in December of 2016, so would the timeline shift back to the summer of 2017? We're not sure, but this is all just a big rumor for now, so stay tuned.

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  • MattPeloquin
    How is it that Indiana Jones can survive a nuclear blast, but Han Solo gets taken out by a door?
    • http://www.sonicmayhem.com Sascha Dikiciyan
      Oh please do not remind me of that movie. I *almost* forgot about it! :)
    • Drejhead
      If Han had been locked inside of a fridge at the time of the doors malfunction, his leg would be in great shape right now
  • Jon Odishaw
    Hahaha great picture choice for this article. When I read the headline I said nooooooooo in my head.
  • mooreworthy
    " No, that's not true! It's impossible!"
    • Xerxexx
      Search your feelings. You know it to be true.
      • avconsumer2
        "NOOOOOOoooooghhhNooooo..."
  • DAVIDPD
    I wouldn't mind it.
  • Chris Groves
    No way is this not making the date. They are still a year and a half away from the release date. That is more than enough time to make the film. Production started in May, a full 19 months before the film was supposed to open. Avengers: Age of Ultron started production in, I think, March, so 14 months before the film was set to open. So Episode 7 was already supposed to have a pretty prolonged, 'relaxed' production schedule. A delay of a few months isn't earth-shattering. Also, I doubt Ford is in 100% of the movie. They can easily film anything and everything for the film that doesn't feature him. THEN they can film any and all scenes of his where he is in a seated position and will be filmed from the waste up...such as the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, etc etc. If they were trying to make a Memorial Day 2015 release date, this would be a problem. But we're still a year and a half away from the release. Even a delay of the rumored full 6 months, and production would resume in December, and they would still have a full year until the release of the film. And if production is delayed, I doubt it would be wholesale. While Ford is out they would probably shoot anything and everything that they could possibly shoot without him. So it wouldn't be a 6 month full-stop of everything. People are jumping to conclusions over something that isn't really THAT big of a deal.
  • Avi
    than it can fight the new avatar movie! That would be awesome!
  • MikEy
    Not convinced. More likely is the meeting was about HOW they'd meet the deadline not IF.
  • loder74
    If it turns out to be true, then it's a good thing. Not something to be concerned about.
  • Steven
    Personally I think Hamill should have a way bigger role than Ford. Everything said so far points to Han Solo having a prominent role, but that's not the way it should be IMO. However, all the best to Ford and I wish him a speedy recovery, as knocks like that at his age can be life changing.
    • Drejhead
      It's also a possibility that Ford plays a larger part in Episode VII with Hamill taking more of the lead in the next two installments, similar to Qui-Gon being the larger character in Episode I with Obi-Wan taking the lead in the episodes that followed
      • Steven
        Quite possible, not thought of it that way. Though most feel Hamill is doing an Obi-Wan, so would actually have less screen time in VIII & IX to allow the new generation to come through.
        • Drejhead
          Anything is possible at this point, but remember that the only reason Obi-Wan was killed off in A New Hope and reduced to cameos was for dramatic effect, as the original trilogy outline was supposed to include him in all 3 and Yoda ended up being written into the sequels in Obi-Wan's place.
  • avconsumer2
    Good. Take your time. Anything to not screw it up. No excuses. Push it back to 2020 for all I care... just don't screw it up. (k... 2020 may be a bit much)
  • http://www.roamandthink.com/ Quanah
    “We seem to be made to suffer. It’s our lot in life.”
  • tordie
    coq10.. will help. make sure it happens
  • tordie
    .take your time.

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