For those of you who have inexplicably fallen in love with Boba Fett and were eagerly awaiting his film, well, we have bad news for you.
Well, actually, Erick Weber has bad news for you:
Kathleen Kennedy just confirmed to me Boba Fett movie is 100% dead, 100% focusing on THE MANDALORIAN #StarWars
— 𝗘𝗪𝗲𝗯 (@ErickWeber) October 26, 2018
The Mandalorian is the Star Wars themed show for Disney’s forthcoming streaming service, Disney Play, that focuses on another member of Fett’s race, in case you didn’t know.
One could say you say you could see this coming. If Solo: A Star Wars Story flopped so badly that it threw Disney entire slate of Star Wars films into disarray, how likely would it be that a film focusing on the more enigmatic, less popular Boba Fett do? However, Boba Fett was more of a blank slate than Han Solo, allowing the creative team more leeway in constructing a story around him. And his film was to be brought to the big screen by James Mangold. Odds are Disney wouldn’t have to fire him halfway through filming and replace him with Ron Howard.
What exactly were we missing out on? Well, Entertainment Weekly has a hint of what the plot would entail. However, it comes with a caveat. This plot was in place when Josh Trank was developing a Boba Fett film, and the plot might have changed after Fantastic Four‘s failure at the box office caused Disney to drop him. Who knows if Mangold would have kept these elements in his script for the film.
The Trank plot would have been a prequel, with Fett associating with the rest of the bounty hunters seen with him on the bridge during Empire Strikes Back. Dagnabbit! Does this now mean that I will never find out if Zuckuss was a groupie for the Max Rebo band like I wrote in my Zuckuss fan fiction.
Of course, the fact that Kathleen Kennedy mentioned The Mandalorian might be a hint that Boba Fett’s movie was cancelled so he could appear there. Disney has said that the main character definitely isn’t Boba Fett, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t play a role in the narrative. And, of course, Disney could restart development on the film after the series ends.