MOVIE NEWS – Obviously, Disney was ready for anything that could occur to its trio of iconic stars when they choose to relaunch the very lucrative Star Wars franchise. And it was a good idea since Harrison Ford was had a very serious on-set injury that caused him a leg cast. To worry Ford fans even more: after filming wrapped on last year’s The Force Awakens, he was also involved in a serious one-man aeroplane crash where he also miraculously cheated death.
This past week, however, Harrison Ford’s long-time co-star and – for a short time – love interest: Carrie Fisher died after a heart attack on a plane. Her premature death came just after Star Wars 8’s filming was finished. Still, with Star Wars 9, which is still on the horizon, (as it was originally planned to include Fisher), her unfortunate death has allegedly caused one of the biggest personal accident insurance claims by a studio in the history filmmaking.
The online site, ItstheVibe.com reports that Disney will receive up to $50 million in their insurance payout for Carrie Fisher, who passed away this past Tuesday. Disney made the insurance claim in case Carrie Fisher (who was well-known of her drug habits) was not able to fulfil her three-film contract. Lloyds of London is said to pay out for the “contract protection cover”, with the insurance underwritten by US-based Exceptional Risk Advisors. They claim they’re “experts in insuring complex human capital risks for highly successful individuals”.
Star Wars 8 is scheduled to be released in December of 2017 and Disney and Lucasfilm had already finished its production, but it’s believed that reshoots will happen sometime early in the new year. Carrie Fisher had completed her portion of the shoot, and it has not been specified whether or not she was needed for the approaching reshoots. She will probably have a bigger role in Star Wars 8 than she did in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And according to the latest report, the role of General Leia Organa was to have expanded even more heading into Star Wars 9, which is scheduled to hit theaters in 2019.
While the story in Star Wars 8 obviously won’t change at all, it is supposed that the entire script for Star Wars 9 will be reworked. None of this has been confirmed by anyone directly involved in the making of the movie. The next Star Wars movie will serve as Carrie Fisher‘s final big screen appearance, and it will likely serve as a tribute to her body of work. Kathleen Kennedy had this to say in a statement this past week.
“Carrie holds such special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm it is difficult to think of a world without her. She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us. She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit, and a loving heart. Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. We will miss her dearly.”
Shortly after her death, fans held a Lightsaber vigil for Carrie Fisher in Downtown Disney. And only one day after she died, Carrie Fisher’s equally iconic mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, also departed. A joint funeral and burial are being planned for the two, though no date is given. Son and brother Todd Fisher say that a fan memorial is being considered, but nothing concrete has been planned yet.