Star Wars in many aspects have had several films and television shows produced and published over the decades, with most of them being critically and financially successful. Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in late 2012, we’ve seen attempts to get more Star Wars projects off of the ground and into cinemas worldwide. This hasn’t been terribly effective outside of the recent Star Wars “Sequel Trilogy.”
The standalone Solo film flopped financially. Regardless, Rian Johnson, the director of The Last Jedi, was hired again to helm a brand new Star Wars franchise, which is still in some form of development. Unfortunately, that fell apart and the Game Of Thrones scribes David Benioff and D. B. Weiss were hired for a 2022 release of yet another film franchise. In recent months they’ve walked away due to time conflicts with their new Netflix deal.
Another film that was in active development, before it was dismantled, would have focused on the famous galactic bounty hunter Boba Fett. This highly anticipated film was to be helmed by James Mangold. According to reports, the decision to scrap the Boba Fett film was because the studio wanted to put their money and focus on The Mandalorian. It’s also speculated that Lucasfilm and Disney were concerned because Solo didn’t perform as expected. They were hesitant to launch a new franchise based a character that wasn’t tied to the main cast.
But what exactly could this film have looked like? Unfortunately, we don’t know too much about the film or what it entailed. President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, did speak briefly on the matter…
“It would have focused on [Boba] Fett and the menagerie of bounty hunters who appeared alongside him on the deck of a Star Destroyer in The Empire Strikes Back.”
It seems as though the route they wanted to take on this was lets explore and mine all that we possibly can from the original trilogy. The film would have been apart of the A Star Wars Story origin spin-off films. It was confirmed by the studio to be a prequel to the original trilogy. The spin-off would have heavily focused on other bounty hunters as well, something bound to get the interest of fans. The group consisted of IG-88, Zuckuss, 4-Lom, Dengar, and Bossk. Perhaps they would have dug deeper into their respective character arcs, but as well it was rumored that new bounty hunters would make an introduction to the franchise.
Making this film could have been rather difficult. If they relied solely on the original trilogy, they wouldn’t have much to work with as Boba Fett doesn’t have a “rich” back story. They could have taken inspiration from the Legends Canon, but they have been persistent in not taking that route. Instead, they look to just add and make “new”
recycled lore. Turning characters like Bossk or Dengar into heavier characters could have provided more significance to their appearances in Empire Strikes Back.
Regardless of whether the bounty hunters joining Boba Fett in his spin-off film were from Empire Strikes Back or new original characters, it does show us that the idea was to make this movie an ensemble. All Star Wars films typically have large casts, and the two A Star Wars Story franchises follow the same theme.
Even though the film has been scraped, we still get to watch and enjoy another bounty hunter embark on an epic quest in The Mandalorian! Let me know what your thoughts are on the canceled Boba Fett movie down in the comments below and feel free to follow me at @QuantumxParadox on Twitter!