Well, Star Wars nerds, it’s finally happening. At long last. The most widely anticipated, but never official, yet long-awaited Star Wars spin-off movie is moving towards production. According to a report, fan-favorite Boba Fett will finally get his own Star Wars Story!
That’s not all! A director has even been named to head the Boba Fett project. Quite frankly, he is perfect. James Mangold, director of The Wolverine and Logan, is set to direct the film. According to Disney and Lucasfilm, Mangold will co-write the film in conjunction with Simon Kinberg, who has several X-Men writing and producing credits under his belt, along with Sherlock Holmes and The Martian.
What We Hope to See from ‘Boba Fett: A Star Wars Story’
James Mangold is the perfect choice for this project. He is familiar with comic books and geek culture. He knows how to do an action film. At the same time, he knows how to make a film that is successful at the box office while grabbing a few accolades along the way. This is exactly what he did with Logan, which is probably the best-reviewed X-Men film ever.
In fact, it’s Logan that gives me so much confidence in James Mangold and this Boba Fett project. Many viewers commented that Logan was more of a Western-genre film than a superhero or comic book movie, and that’s just perfect for Boba Fett. If you go back and look at the original concept art for Boba Fett, you’ll notice he has a very Western, gunslinger aesthetic about him. That was intentional. Specifically, he was modeled after Clint Eastwood in Man with No Name. He sported a drop holster and a mysterious air about him. In early concept art, he even had a serape or poncho, just like Eastwood.
It would make complete sense for a Boba Fett movie to be a Western-style film. Disney and Lucasfilm have stated that they want their Star Wars Story films to be different from the regular series. They want them to be genre films. Rogue One was a World War II-style team-up movie. Solo was a heist film. If there was ever a time for a Star Wars Western, this is it.
Are you excited for a Boba Fett film? Which other Star Wars characters do you want to see in stand-alone movies? Sound off in the comments!