It’s confirmed: the Boba Fett movie is happening and it’s Logan director James Mangold that will helm this next Star Wars standalone, according to THR. Mangold is writing and directing the film. No release date or story details have been revealed for this Star Wars Story.
The Boba Fett movie has been in development for quite a few years. In fact, Boba Fett very nearly became a reality, and was at one point thought to be under consideration for release in 2018, and it might have happened if things hadn’t fallen apart under director Josh Trank.
Seemingly stuck in the sarlacc pit of development hell, we’d not heard anything new about the Boba Fett movie until now. This news comes as Lucasfilm is rumored to also be working on an Obi-Wan standalone movie, which will feature the return of Ewan McGregor in the role of the Jedi Master. Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) is reportedly in talks to direct. The THR report also hints that Lucasfilm is “developing movies on a slew of characters,” which could mean we’ll hear more Star Wars Story announcements soon.
As for Boba Fett, he is perhaps the most popular character from the Original Trilogy with the least screentime, getting just a few minutes on camera in The Empire Strikes Back before basically being completely useless and dying in Return of the Jedi. He also had a truly dreadful origin story grafted onto him in Attack of the Clones, but the less we speak about that the better off we are.
But Boba Fett sure looks cool, doesn’t he? And the idea of a Star Wars movie focusing on the shady world of bounty hunters sounds plenty appealing, especially when it involves a guy in Mandalorian armor who kicks a lot of ass and doesn’t say a whole hell of a lot.
After Solo: A Star Wars Story is released on May 25, the only other date that’s officially on the Star Wars release schedule is Episode IX on Dec. 20, 2019. Disney and Lucasfilm are planning an army of Star Wars movies, including a new trilogy from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and a series of films from Game of Thrones stewards David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
While none of those movies have release dates, Disney recently reserved nearly 30 slots on the theatrical release calendar between 2019 and 2022. Six of those are for Marvel films, and a number of them will go to their assorted live-action fairy tale remakes. But they’ve locked up non-Marvel space in the months of May and December in 2020, 2021, and 2022 for other live action projects, and it’s all but certain that at least three of those will be Star Wars movies.
Here are the most likely suspects…
May 29, 2020
December 23, 2020
May 28, 2021
December 22, 2021
May 27, 2022
Any one of those could be a Star Wars flick. A movie like Boba Fett, which already has a certain amount of worldbuilding infrastructure already in place, would be the easiest to get into production, and could conceivably make either of those 2020 dates if Mr. Mangold turns in a script that Disney and Lucasfilm are happy with soon.
In any case, we expect to hear more about the Boba Fett movie soon. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more!