I actually thought that a Boba Fett film spin-off was already in the works as Disney Lucasfilm was ramping up a new slate of Star Wars IP long prior to The Force Awakens. I suppose it took all this time to make it official and now it is, courtesy of an exclusive at Borys Kit’s Heat Vision column at THR on Thursday.
This update came hours before the official theatrical release of Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, and with even more movies and television content getting new life at the studio. What’s more is that James Mangold is up to write and direct the film per the studio’s on-going process of developing non-canonical films focused on specific characters in the Star Wars universe, including recently announced films surrounding Lando Calrissian (previously played by Billy Dee Williams and succeeded this weekend by Donald Glover in an origin capacity) and a much hyped-about Obi-Wan Kenobi film with respect to rumors we’ve been hearing in what feels like forever.
Jeremy Bulloch played the character originally within the first trilogy, primarily dating back to Episode V while his character has been further explored in the prequels as well as in book based on the space opera.
Admittedly, I’ve been getting fatigued by Star Wars lately, so I’m not too heavily invested like the average fan. I suppose the driving force behind this one is the ceremomy Mangold garnered with last year’s celebrated R-rated comic book spectacle, Logan, which otherwise means we’ll possibly still enjoy that level of reverence but with a rollback no less to PG-13 territory. I’m down.