Under Disney, Lucasfilm has well and truly reignited the Star Wars flame having now released a new film every year since 2015. The Force Awakens brought some new blood into the mix, in Rey, Finn and Poe, while balancing it with some of the old too, namely the returning trio Han, Leia and Luke. The film ultimately set that balancing act (between old and new) as the direction for Star Wars material going forward, both in its main Saga, and with its spin-off/anthology movies. Rogue One was Lucasfilm’s first spin-off film experiment filling in some of the gaps between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The franchise’s recently released title Solo: A Star Wars Storytakes Harrison Ford’s legendary space fairing smuggler, and his furry sidekick, back to their roots, telling the story of how they got started the Galaxy’s criminal underworld. The studio has now decided to shoot for a Boba Fett movie and the latest news surrounding the project is getting fans quite excited.
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Following Lucasfilm’s first real character-centred prequel story in Solo, Boba Fett will serve as another big test for whether or not the studio’s plans for a growing number of character-focused spin-offs are what their audience wants to see. After all, there were a significant number of fans who even voiced their indifference to the idea of a Han Solo movie, which of course we now have. Either way, this is the studio’s plan and the Boba Fett character has been chosen to have an entire feature-length movie dedicated to him.
As of right now we don’t have many details surrounding the project, and questions remain as to when the film will be set, who will be starring in the role, and whether or not this will even be the version of the Boba Fett fans know from the original Star Wars Trilogy, or a brand new depiction of the character after the former’s presumed death in Return of the Jedi. However, THR is now reporting that Logan filmmaker James Mangold has officially been appointed to both write and direct the Boba Fett film.
Mangold is certainly a name that fans will be pleased with as his abilities in handling the western, crime and noir genres are second to none. Many consider last year’s Logan as one of the best superhero films of all-time, mainly due to the fact that it didn’t feel like your typical comic book flick, with a more grounded story and characters that had a weight and a realism to them. The 54-year-old filmmaker, then, could well be bringing that to Boba Fett which would make for an interesting Star Wars film indeed.
While Boba Fett first appeared on screen in The Empire Strikes Back, his backstory was fleshed out, somewhat, in the 00’s prequel trilogy. In Episode II: Attack of the Clones we learned that he was in fact the clone of Jango Fett, another bounty hunter who was the Republic’s basis for building its clone army. While some Star Wars reading materials have provided evidence to suggest that Boba Fett made it out of the Sarlacc Pit, where he was presumed to have died, we don’t know whether the stories remain canon or not, having been written before the IP was sold to Disney.
Either way, this is the direction that the folks at Lucasfilm are heading in, and while it might be difficult to see a way for the Boba Fett character to be used well in his own movie, Mangold’s hands seem to be the safest he could be in.
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The solo Boba Fett movie is yet to receive an official release date