UPDATE: Harrison Ford is Severely Injured

UPDATE: Harrison Ford is Severely Injured

Disney’s semi-official leak is that Harrison Ford’s shoulder injury has temporarily halted production for six weeks.  

Frankly, official statements are given to sunny optimism.  It shouldn’t be forgotten that Ford is seventy-eight no word on whether or not he’s had to have surgery but if WDW Pro is correct then I would bet on it. 

According to WDW Pro at Pirates and Princesses Blog, Harrison Ford is down for eight weeks not six.  More significantly, according to Pro, the production has been completely shut down.  There is no second unit shooting going on, while the star recovers and that is very unusual. Normally when something like this happens you shoot the stuff you don’t need the lead actor for. Unless you are planning to kill the movie.

A complete shutdown means that Bob Cheapek is looking over the budget for this thing and is wondering if there is any point to continuing this. A restart after eight weeks, plus reshoots, plus CGing over whichever stuntman is going to playing Ford, and you are looking at, at least another fifty million, maybe a hundred million or more.  That is a huge price to pay for a film that is only being made to give Kathleen Kennedy a chance to go out on a win.

It’s an open secret in Hollywood that she wrecked Star Wars. She is politically connected in Hollywood but there is an upward limit to how much good that can do for someone who killed the golden franchise.  She won’t be able to get another job if she doesn’t have a win. 

Given the meta-context of the articles in Forbes and Vanity Fair it would appear that Kennedy has been removed from any decision making on the Star Wars franchise.   There has been no word on her getting her contract renewed.   She had long made it clear that if she was fired she wouldn’t go quietly.  The Carrano Firing was enough of a public blunder that she knew she was out no matter how much of a public fit she threw, and she knew it.  

Consequently, a deal got made, if she left like a lamb, Disney would fast track Indiana Jones 5 and make it her own personal baby.  Which is why I’m not saying Indy 5 is dead as a project just yet, (even if it should be). 

However, Bob Chapek is a man with an abacus for a heart.  He has to be asking himself how deeply into hock he is willing to go just save Kathleen Kennedy’s face.  Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull grossed a little under $800 million against a budget of $185 million.  Given that the post-Covid-19 theatrical exhibition market still hasn’t recovered, a film that is going to have to now pull down well north of $400 million in the domestic market just to break even, has to be an unnerving proposition.

We may get a definitive answer about Indiana Jones’ future after the numbers are in on Black Widow.

I’ll keep you posted.

POSTSCRIPT: The truth of it is, Harrison Ford didn’t get anywhere near as much blame as he should have for The Force Awakens’ problems.

If you have ever watched the initial press conference for TFA, you will notice one incredibly awkward moment. It’s when Mark Hamill comes out on stage and Harrison Ford is standing there. Hamill has a deer in the headlights look on his face, he has no idea about how he should greet Ford. Ford finally smiles crookedly and gives Hamill a half hug.

Ford was the very last one of the big three to sign on to that project and I’m certain he had two big conditions. One, Solo had to die. Two, he would have no screen time with Mark Hamill and if Luke Skywalker was in this thing at all his screen time had to be under a minute.

That is what made Solo’s death scene so terrible. When you have a death scene for a major character, what matters is the reaction of the people around the character not the character’s reaction to his own demise. You have to have characters that are invested in the one that just croaked. Han Solo needed to die in Luke Skywalker’s arms, and Harrison Ford was too much of a prima donna to permit it.

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  • MrUNIVAC Reply

    It’s also worth noting that its success is by no means a sure thing, due to something that either our host or someone else pointed out. A franchise film that most of the fandom agrees is terrible can perfume that rot by pulling in a whole bunch of money, which blinds the executives into thinking their franchise is still healthy. However, the NEXT movie will gets punished for it, since both the normies who were disappointed AND the super fans who’d normally see it multiple times (and influence their friends and family to see it) don’t show up. It happened with NuTrek 2 and 3, it happened with BvS and Justice League, it happened with The Last Jedi and Solo, and probably a bunch of other franchises that I can’t remember.

    Crystal Skull might have pulled down $800 million, but there’s a broad consensus that it sucked. It pretty much pissed away all the fan and general audience goodwill towards that franchise. Add in the expected woke preaching, and the knowledge that the Destroyer of Star Wars is helming it, and it’s more likely that Kennedy goes out with yet another fail.

    June 25, 2021 at 9:10 pm
  • jorgen Reply

    Now they can let the Indiana Jones franchise rest in peace.

    June 25, 2021 at 9:56 pm
  • Chris Lopes Reply

    Ford is only 8 years younger than my mother, and I’m in my 60’s. Who the hell thought they could make this work? He’s a great actor who’s been in some of my favorite movies, but come on. This is stupid on stilts.

    June 26, 2021 at 2:17 am
    • Joe S.Walker Reply

      Quite likely Disney have shut down while they’re waiting to see if Ford can come back at all. If he had to quit the film now, would it be worth finishing? Logistics aside, it would probably be the end of his career, certainly as an action hero. Would Disney want to be left releasing Indiana Jones And The Busted Shoulder?

      June 26, 2021 at 1:06 pm
  • Robert w Reply

    Crystal skull pulled in they kind of money before the revenue boosting 3d and MAXIMUM IMAX-IEST SCREENS format took over the summer tent poles. Remarkable.

    As Univac points out ..whatever comes next will pay the price for it’s failures, no matter how much 3d and imax glitter can inflate the ticket prices.

    June 26, 2021 at 2:38 am
  • furor kek tonicus Reply

    one of this weeks OverlordDVD leaks is that there are two proposed endings for the new Indy movie, which supposedly uses time travel to get Indy and Wallerbridge back to WW2 where the majority of the movie takes place:
    1 – “old” ( 60s era ) Indy dies, leaving “young” ( deepfaked WW2 era ) Indy to attempt to help Wallerbridge return to her proper time
    2 – *both* Indys eat shit and die, and Wallerbridge takes up the hat and whip and becomes the “new new” Indiana Jones …
    i’m sure it’s not necessary for me to point out to THIS crowd that option 2 is 10,000% K-K-K-K-K-K-Krazy Kathy and that IF option 1 even exists, it does so exclusively as a sop to higher management that option 2 is only a “possible” ending and that KK won’t use 2 if it “doesn’t test well with audiences”. *snort* i’m seriously starting to think that all of these Hollywood Jews took the short bus to school.
    *watching Diktor van Doomcock so Cataline won’t have too*

    June 26, 2021 at 3:35 am
    • Skyler the Weird Reply

      I thought in Indy V, Ford would again be killed by his son by Marion Adam Driver who turned evil and Belloq’s Ashanti granddaughter who is an Archeologist interested in preserving antiquities in addition to being a 97 pound Grrl who kicks l
      280 pound linebackers butts will save the day and crack the whip (she’s very into leather) and pick up the Fedora.

      June 27, 2021 at 12:30 am
  • Wazdaka Reply

    Restarting will cost a bomb.
    Surely there isn’t an infinite amount of cash sloshing around for the mouse to blow on a vanity project?
    Then again the industry is built on vanity, so who knows

    June 26, 2021 at 3:08 pm
  • Silent Draco Reply

    Six weeks minimum, eight weeks if surgery is needed. That will return function of some level. Then add a couple months of rehab to get range of motion and strength back. OK, some done on site, but my estimate (still get pain from it) is more like 3-6 months to recover most of the strength and range of motion. If they stopped shooting to include 2nd unit, it’s high end. Better find a grandson or grand-nephew to take over (ha).

    June 26, 2021 at 3:58 pm
  • Chris Lopes Reply

    While handing the reins over to younger actors is the logical thing to do, the anticipated box office was based on Ford donning the Fedora one more time. This is about to become a sunk cost question. Has Disney spent too much up to this point to walk away? Or is spending more just an exercise in losing more? My gut tells me KK will spend more if she’s allowed to, as this is her swan song. The Mouse Lord on the other hand, might not think that KK’s ego is worth losing a couple of 100 million to sooth.

    June 26, 2021 at 7:03 pm
  • Chief_Tuscaloosa Reply

    @furor kek tonicus,

    As a Christian who wants Satan’s entertainment division to implode financially, your option 2 of a woman donning the fedora, and thus doffing the fans, has made me excited beyond measure. Please Lord, make my enemies ridiculous IN THE EXACT WAY FUROR KEK TONICUS’ OPTION TWO stipulates!

    June 26, 2021 at 8:16 pm
  • The Dark Herald Reply

    This project started after The Force Awakens came out. There had been very serious talk about Chris Pratt taking over Indy and Ford was pissed as hell about it. He wanted the part back, just so no one else could have it. And after TFA he had the clout to do it. He got a lot of the credit for its $2 billion haul.

    June 26, 2021 at 8:49 pm
    • Chris Lopes Reply

      Actors typically only have clout if they are expected to help make more money in future projects. Ford got his wish when they killed off Han. Outside of Indy 5, there wasn’t anything he could really be a part of that had any chance of making the money such clout would justify.

      June 26, 2021 at 10:35 pm
  • Ty Ping Reply

    I guess Indiana Jones and the Comfy Chair (which in the past Ford said was the only way they’d get him back into the fedora) just didn’t get the green light…

    June 27, 2021 at 7:13 pm
  • Robert W Reply

    Do studios carry insurance on this type of thing? Taking the money, covering the production costs to date and then shutting the project down could be the best case exit for Disney.

    June 27, 2021 at 7:18 pm
    • The Dark Herald Reply

      There is, and all actors have to be insured before cameras roll. Some actors like Charlie Sheen and Jackie Chan are completely uninsurable (although for radically different reasons). A standard policy would either reimburse a studio on the additional costs needed to finish a movie OR reimburse the studio on their expenses from the date of the accident backward if they have to cancel the production. Depending on the policy the studio bought and I think we now know which one Disney bought.

      June 27, 2021 at 10:32 pm
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  • furor kek tonicus Reply

    just a note on Ford’s injuries;
    it isn’t JUST a broken leg while filming the new SuckWars movie in 2014.
    in 2015, he broke his ankle AND PELVIS crashing his airplane into a golf course.
    Ford is collecting an awful lot of serious injuries for a man who’s almost 80.

    June 28, 2021 at 6:39 am

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