He’s in. He’s not in. He’s in. He’s not in. So is he in? Sources say that after a bit of negotiation Harrison Ford is now a “100 per cent lock” to reprise the role of Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII. So what was Ford’s deal? It seems as though he wanted more info about Solo’s character arc beyond Episode VII and a promise that he’ll get to don the hat and bullwhip of Indiana Jones once more.
A website called Jedi News (via Comic Book Movie) claims to have the inside scoop saying that Ford and Disney/Lucasfilm had a verbal agreement that the actor was willing to return to the franchise that made him a superstar, but there were just a few details to iron out before Ford signed on the dotted line. One detail, apparently, was that Ford want some kind of guarantee that he would be able to suit up once again to play Indiana Jones sometime in the not-too-distant future. Here are the deets from Jedi News:
Ford wanted to see the synopsis for his character’s development over more than just Episode 7. He saw this in August and is happy with the story arc.
Ford wanted a commitment to Indy 5. He did not get this as there is no plot line or script in place. What did happen was an agreement was made wherein an outline would be developed by the end of calendar year 2014, and if all parties can agree to it moving forward, efforts would be made to move on Indy 5 for release before the end of 2016.
Disney wanted a multi film deal with Ford which transcends Episode 7. This has now been agreed.
It’s interesting that Ford is looking to a future beyond Episode VII since he was once so emphatic about Han Solo getting killed off in Return of the Jedi. His demand about Indy 5 seems a little pie-in-the-sky though. Doesn’t someone named “Steven Spielberg” have to be consulted on that at some point? Anyway, it’s good to know that Ford is good to go with the new trilogy.
Now, in other news, I bet your thinking that you’ve seen everything possibly related to Star Wars haven’t you? Well first of all, you have some attitude, buster. And second, no you haven’t. First up, a new blooper reel courtesy of Lucasfilm book editor J.W. Rinzler featuring flubs from the set of the first Star Wars and a lot of falling down. Check it out for yourself below, and be advised that much of the two-minute clip doesn’t feature sound:
Also from the Lucasfilm vault are several new angles of shots from the production of Return of the Jedi. These clips have never been seen before in public, and were produced solely to demonstrate The Droid, a non-linear computer editing system developed by Lucasfilm in the early 80s. Here’s a sample:
You can find the rest on the Droid video disc Facebook page, along with the following description of the source of the material:
Historic Star Wars-related artifact of a now dead pre-Avid/Final Cut Pro computerized editing system developed by Lucasfilm which quaintly/wackily used multiple laserdiscs to cue up edits in a ill-conceived, overly-complex, bug-ridden system. One of Lucas’ few commercial flops (you might call this the “Howard The Duck” of editing systems). This is a generic Scotch Videodisc with computer printed label was used to demonstrate the EditDroid system which was debuted at the NAB show in Las Vegas in 1984. Now here’s the amazing part for you Star Wars freaks out there… Approximately 30 minutes of unedited raw, unsweetened work print takes in letterbox format of scene 50 (Luke on Dagobah with Yoda) from “Return of The Jedi” were used – NEVER OFFICIAL RELEASED MATERIAL. Slates, people yelling action, multiple takes of the same scenes of Luke and Yoda…
There’s a full half-hour of clips at the Facebook page, so happy watching!
Source of videos: /Film