Young Han Solo and Harrison Ford's Brittle Bones
Ron Seifried | On 12, Jun 2014This has been busy week for the AARP-aged Corellian pilot of the Millennium Falcon. Today witnessed how much online traction can be spun up for a 71 year old fractured ankle, just days following on the heels of new Kickstarter project on the origins of everyone’s favorite space pilot, Han Solo. Disregarding all the tweets and dry puns floating around, Harrison Ford apparently fractured his ankle on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII in London. More specifically, a door on the legendary space freighter Falcon fell on the actor’s foot, leading Ford to be airlifted to a local hospital where he was treated. News from the set states the actor should be able to resume his role in the near future and the accident should not disrupt the production. More intriguing is a Kickstarter led by former Lucasfilm employee Stephen Scaia based on an Indiana Jones fan film he is directing called Army of the Lost Horizon. Scaia was one of the writers on the never-produced live action TV series Star Wars: Underworld, a show he claims featuring a considerable amount of back-story on Han Solo, his rescue/meeting with Chewbacca and when he won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian fair and square. Walt Disney has been very public about producing the Episode VII-IX sequel trilogy and have also announced there will be at least three spinoff Star Wars feature films. As of now, two directors have been hired: Josh Trank and Gareth Edwards. Godzilla director Edwards will be directing the first spinoff, due out in 2016 with The Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta on board. Trank is best known for the 2012 hit Chronicles and is currently in production for The Fantastic Four spinoff at 20th Century Fox. At 27, Trank is the third youngest director to open a number one film, along with Steven Spielberg (Jaws) and James Cameron (The Terminator). Rumors have been speculating which character will get their own film, will they be origin stories or if any will be mashup team projects. Boba Fett, Yoda and Han Solo have all been rumored to get their own standalone feature, but none have been confirmed. Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi scribe Lawrence Kasdan was working on one of the spinoffs, before moving over to Episode VII with co-writer/director J.J. Abrams. When Disney purchased Lucasfilm in October 2012, all projects went through a review process to determine which would be viable options to produce. The sequel trilogy was a given, especially since creator George Lucas had been secretly working on if for some time. Lucas himself shelved the live-action TV series, apparently due to budget concerns. The series may be getting a second life in the upcoming animated series Star Wars: Rebels, a storyline that roughly takes place during the same time as the once proposed live-action show, between Episodes III and IV. One rumor that floated around is a Young Guns type team up combining Han, Chewie, Lando and some new characters and their run-ins with Jabba the Hut, various bounty hunters and Han’s rescue of everyone’s favorite Wookie. Atrocious casting wish lists have been floated, including ex-Vampire Robert Pattison, but we can be pretty sure none will include Harrison Ford ala his cameo on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.