Disney has recently confirmed that one of three Star Wars spin-offs will be a Boba Fett origin story. Everyone remembers Boba’s descent into the Sarlacc Pit in Return of the Jedi (1983), but can anyone remember him being much of a character? Please, let’s discard all images of the prequels’ young Boba, crying over his father’s freshly severed head, and think only of the original trilogy. The characterization of the Mandalorian bounty hunter is essentially nonexistent, and an issue that a universe like Star Wars could initially get away with. But not anymore! Finally Disney will give the fans what they need, not exactly what they want, but what is necessary.
Does Boba escape the Sarlacc Pit? What does he do after he escapes? Or does he become digested mush? These are the questions that most fans want answered, but Disney smartly realizes that those questions shouldn’t be answered without a proper back story for the rusty-armored badass.
But, nobody said there wouldn’t be a few bumps in the road. The spin-off’s intended director, Josh Trank, announced he would no longer be working on the Star Wars off-branching movie. Trank released the following statement earlier this month: “After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path. I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities. That said, the Star Wars universe has always been one of my biggest influences, and I couldn’t be more excited to witness its future alongside my millions of fellow Star Wars fans. I want to thank my friends Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart, Simon Kinberg, and everyone at Lucasfilm and Disney for the amazing opportunity to have been a part of this. May the Force be with you all.” (from Starwars.com)
Trank is best known for his work on Chronicle (2012) and for his upcoming work on Fantastic Four (2015). And while this writer is quite excited for Episode 7, he is also very pumped for these anthology spin-offs, and he is not too worried that Disney won’t find another talented director to fill Trank’s shoes—c’mon, who wouldn’t want to direct a Star Wars movie. But, what does everyone think? Love or hate the idea of Star Wars spin-offs? Have an idea for who should direct Boba Fett’s story? Leave a comment below.