Court Postpones Case Against Star Wars Producers for Harrison Ford Accident During The Force Awakens Filming

Back in February, the case of British health authorities against Star Wars producers over Harrison Ford's on-set accident made headlines.

The accident took place at the Pinewood Studios in June 2014 when a hydraulic door collapsed on the Millennium Falcon set and crushed the 73-year-old actor's leg, causing him to undergo surgery. The charge sheet adds that Chewbacca stunt double Joonas Suotamo as well as special effects technician Peter Notley were almost harmed.

Now, the makers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, specifically Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, which is a subsidiary of Disney, are facing health and safety breach charges. They are accused of failing in making a safe design for the hydraulic equipment on the Millennium Falcon set and performing risk assessment for the actors.

The company was supposed to have appeared in court today to face trial from the Health and Safety Executive, but Mirror reports that the case had been adjourned until June 9 at the High Wycombe Magistrates Court.

No details were provided regarding the case's reason for postponement.

I have no idea what this means for the production of future Star Wars films to be produced and current ones that are being filmed, but at the time of the accident, The Force Awakens filming had to be suspended for two weeks. The injury might appear bad, but it had actually been a blessing in disguise for the film since it gave director J.J. Abrams time to focus on developing a deeper relationship between Finn and Rey.

With such a positive outcome for The Force Awakens, I can't help but think and hope the same positive results for this case as well. The company could reportedly face unlimited fines if convicted.

Accidents cannot be avoided in film productions and it's surprising how long it took for the British health authorities to place the charges. In any case, the producers might not have a hard time getting funds to pay off the fines. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already raked in over $2 billion worldwide since release.

I wonder what Harrison Ford thinks of all this.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16, while the Star Wars: Episode VIII release is on December 15, 2017.

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