The producers of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” are facing legal action in a land far, far away.
Actually, it’s just across the pond in England. Foodles Productions, a subsidiary of Disney, is facing four criminal charges stemming from a now infamous incident in which Harrison Ford suffered a broken leg while filming the blockbuster sequel.
The Health And Safety Executive office, similar to OSHA in the United States, is prosecuting Foodles for violations of safety standards on the set. As Foodles was responsible for producing the movie while it filmed at Pinewood Studios, they are legally responsible.
“By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers – this is as true on a film set as a factory floor,” a spokesperson for the government body told the BBC.
“Cast and crew safety is always a top priority,” Foodles fired back. “We provided full co-operation during HSE’s investigation into the on-set accident that occurred in June 2014 and are disappointed in HSE’s decision.”
Representatives for the company will now have to appear at a hearing at the High Wycombe Magistrates Court on May 12.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opened in Dec. and quickly became one of the most succesful films of all time. At the time of this publishing, the film has already grossed well over $2 billion worldwide. “Star Wars Episode VIII” is already filming at Pinewood Studios.