The rumors that Lucasfilm has been working on a Boba Fett movie have been flying around for more than a year. While there has been no official confirmations, The Wrap is reporting that the spin off after next year’s Rogue One will be about the beloved bounty hunter.
How do they know?
They won’t report their sources, so take this one with a grain of salt. It’s not hard to believe Lucasfilm wants to make a Boba Fett film, but we have very little in the way of concrete evidence to support The Wrap’s claims. However, we wouldn’t be talking about the article if it didn’t compliment with several rumors that have been flying around for quite some time.
Okay, if it is about Boba Fett what kind of film will it be?
Apparently, a Boba Fett origin story.
Wait a second, didn’t we already have that?
Fett’s origin was touched on in Attack of the Clones and continued in Clone Wars. While many people weren’t thrilled with how he was portrayed in the prequels, it’s been established canon for a while now and explored in several video games, books, and comics. It was also going to be the central story of the game Star Wars 1313, which was unfortunately canceled as a result of the Disney buyout of Lucasfilm.
So how do you do a film if it’s already been done on screen?
Well, here’s where it gets a little tricky. The rumor is Lawrence Kasdan, writer of Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and co-writer of The Force Awakens is in charge of writing the second spin-off film. He’s also reportedly not happy with how Fett was portrayed in Attack of the Clones either and is looking for a way to retcon the character.
How can you do that?
This is merely speculation, but the easiest way would be have someone kill the Boba Fett from Attack of the Clones and steal his armor, thus making the Fett in the original trilogy a different character more in line with his portrayal in 1980… which is essentially Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name in space.
That’s a real middle finger to the Prequels.
Yes it is, though at this point in time most people have given some kind of middle finger to those movies. This would just happen to be a middle finger with a $200 million price tag.
Who else is working on the film?
We don’t know much, as Josh Trank exited the project last Friday. Most likely, Kathleen Kennedy is making many calls and taking many meetings in an attempt to find a suitable replacement that can get the job done by 2018. Hopefully we’ll know more soon. Until then, there’s plenty of news about Rogue One and The Force Awakens.