Saturday, December 31, 2016
Disney is set to receive $50 million due to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher’s untimely death after taking out an insurance policy that covered her fulfillment of a three-film contract. Fisher has a major role in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII, which she completed before her death. However, Fisher was also supposed to have a starring role in Star Wars Episode IX, which would be released in 2019. This film will now have to be substantially rewritten in the wake of the actress’s death. The insurance payout for Fisher’s inability to fulfill her role is expected to be the market’s largest single personal accident insurance claim.
See Glen Keogh, Carrie Fisher’s Death Will Trigger Biggest EVER Personal Accident Insurance Claim After Disney Took Out $50MILLION Policy in Case She Couldn’t Finish Star Wars Films, Daily Mail, December 30, 2016.