In addition to the main saga films, Lucasfilm and Disney have been developing several standalone Star Wars stories. One movie that has been long expected is a spinoff starring Boba Fett, the fan-favorite bounty hunter from the original trilogy. Now, it’s moving forward with a director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Mangold is writing the Boba Fett movie, and he will direct it too. Most recently, Mangold co-wrote and directed the Academy Award-nominated Wolverine movie Logan. It was rumored that Simon Kinberg was working on a Boba Fett story, but it’s unclear if it’s the same thing that Mangold is doing now.
Boba Fett is a character that we haven’t seen much of in the Star Wars saga. He had limited screentime in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the latter of which saw his apparent death. He also appeared as a child in Attack of the Clones, while he was in various comics and novels over the years.
Boba Fett is the latest Star Wars story to gain traction following the releases of Rogue One and this weekend’s Solo. Director Stephen Daldry is in talks to direct an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff, while characters like Yoda and Jabba the Hutt have been suggested for their own films. There has also been interest in making a Solo sequel and/or a spinoff starring Lando Calrissian. And these are just the standalone films; we also have Episode IX, Rian Johnson’s trilogy, and a multi-film series from the Game of Thrones creators to look forward to.
A release date for Boba Fett hasn’t been confirmed yet. Kenobi was previously expected to be Lucasfilm’s 2020 movie, but that one doesn’t have a script yet and Mangold is already writing his. So, it’s possible that Boba Fett will take precedence.
Stay tuned for more as we have it.