Disney is not a studio to let diminishing returns or fan anger dissuade them from keeping the Star Wars money train rolling. Now, before Solo: A Star Wars Story is even formally released, we get news that a rumored film starring one of Han Solo’s adversaries is definitely in the works.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog is saying that Logan director James Mangold will be co-writing and directing a Boba Fett film. Mangold will be co-writing the film with his Logan producer Simon Kinberg.
Boba Fett is the Mandalorian bounty hunter who collected Han Solo from Darth Vader in Empire Strikes Back and delivered him to Jabba the Hutt. He meets his supposed untimely end in the opening minutes of Return of the Jedi, but his “origin” was a plot point in the prequel trilogy.
Casual fans might be confused by the inexplicable popularity of a character that experienced only a limited screen time and only a few lines of dialogue in the franchise, but most of Fett’s characterization happened in the tie-in novels and cartoons that appeared before Disney bought out Lucasfilms. Most of that continuity was thrown out when Disney took over, so I don’t know if the character fans came to know and love will still be the same one that they remember.
Lucasfilm has been wanting to get a Boba Fett solo film moving for some time. Initially, director Josh Trank was attached to the project, but was dropped after reports surfaced of out-of-control behavior during the filming of 2015’s Fantastic Four and the poor reception that film received. Meanwhile, the studio has been developing a number of other projects for release after the final installment of the current main saga trilogy, Episode IX, is released in December 2019. They are also developing a solo movie featuring Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi with director Stephen Daldry rumored to be directing as well as two new trilogies of films – one from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and one from Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
There is no release date mentioned for the film as of yet, but we will update you if one is set.