Star Wars' cult hero Boba Fett to have his own movie, directed by James Mangold
The director of 'Logan', is supposed to work with Simon Kinsberg on the Boba Fett project, even though both Disney and Lucasfilm haven't issued an official comment.
James Mangold is all set to write and direct a Star Wars movie based solely on the character of Boba Fett — the fan favorite and feared bounty hunter — that character being one of the many in the slew of characters on whom movies are soon going to be made.
The Hollywood Reporter learned exclusively of the news as Disney and Disney owned Lucasfilm gears up for their latest Star Wars stand-alone project, 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'. 'Solo' which is about to open on Friday and is the second spin-off from the main franchise.
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' was the first one in that aspect, but 'Solo' is going to be the first one centering around one particular character.
The franchise's slew of characters who are getting their own films by Lucasfilm also includes Obi-Wan Kenobi. Stephen Daldry has been in negotiations to direct the film, even though that have been no writers assigned to write the script.
Rumour also had it that Simon Kinberg, the man behind the 'X-Men' franchise and 'The Martian', was also working on a Boba Fett movie. And in case of Disney and Lucasfilm working on the project, there has been no official confirmation from the companies, but sources have revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that Mangold will co-write the script with Kinberg.
The duo who are close, have already worked on 'Logan' — the X-Men spinoff — that broke several records last year. Kinsberg is also set to produce the Boba Fett project.
The character of Boba Fett was introduced in 1980’s 'Empire Strikes Back' and then made an appearance later in 1983's 'Return of the Jedi'. He was the mercenary that brought Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt — the slug like crime lord. The character has a rather short screen time, but with his signature helmet on the face, a jetpack and the battle-scarred armor, he grew to a cult fan following status.
In the initial movies, Jeremy Bulloch played the role, and even though the George Lucas prequels showed the character as more of a subplot, he has been featured extensively on several books, comics, animated series, video games and merchandising.
Details for the Boba Fett storyline are being kept deep under the wraps, but with Mangold's expertise, this could sure be the film of the year.