Barely a little over a month ago, we asked you how excited you were for the upcoming ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’. Since that time, the production has been beset by major setbacks. Are you still optimistic for the film and the franchise, or do you have a bad feeling about this?
As you’ve probably heard, Harrison Ford was injured while reprising his Han Solo character. At first, it was reported that he’d broken his ankle. New rumors claim that he’s actually broken his leg and may be out of commission for as much as six months. With a firm release date of December 2015 seemingly written in stone by Disney, this sounds like an insurmountable problem for the film – especially since Han Solo is supposedly the lead character in this entry.
Speculation is rampant as to what will happen next. Will the film’s release date be pushed back to 2016? Will the script be frantically rewritten to work around Ford? No one knows for certain yet. Regardless, I imagine that panic is rampant at director J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company.
Originally, it was assumed that Abrams would direct the entire trilogy of new ‘Star Wars’ sequels. Late last week, however, it was confirmed that ‘Looper’ director Rian Johnson will helm ‘Episode VIII’ and at least write (possibly also direct) ‘Episode IX’. Was Abrams fired from future installments over the Harrison Ford fiasco, or did he walk away on his own? The truth on that may take a while to come out.
At least initially, the Johnson news was well received. ‘Looper’ was a box office hit and was well regarded by both critics and audiences. On the other hand, a backlash of ‘Looper’ haters has been brewing online this week. For my part, while I mostly liked ‘Looper’, I have to admit that its time travel story made little sense and was full of sloppy plot holes. Whether this will be a problem for ‘Star Wars’ is a big question mark.
As much as I wish I could be optimistic for the ‘Star Wars’ sequels, I’m so burned out on the franchise that it’s hard for me to care anymore.