When it was announced earlier this year that ‘Logan’ director James Mangold was set to write and direct a solo Boba Fett movie, it seemed that the Force was strong among Star Wars fans once again. However, like the ill-fated bounty hunter himself, the project has been tossed into the sarlacc of Hollywood and is longer going ahead.
Reportedly last night, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told Critics Choice Association journalist Erick Weber at a Black Panther awards reception that the Boba Fett movie was dead, and that the priority is the series. We confirmed the news today as well, and also heard that James Mangold, of course, is no longer attached to direct or write a Boba Fett feature. He is currently in post on 20th Century Fox’s Ford v. Ferrari starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, due out June 28.
Alongside 2016’s ‘Rogue One’ and this year’s ‘Solo’, the film would have been the third ‘Star Wars’ spin-off, this time focusing on fan-favorite Boba Fett. The bounty hunter has so far appeared in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’, while his younger counterpart also made an appearance in ‘Attack of the Clones’. In the decades since his first appearance, he has become one of the most beloved characters in the franchise.
While a film from the man who sharpened and darkened Wolverine’s adamantium claws in last year’s ‘Logan’ sounded intriguing, it’s unlikely Disney would have given the writer/director free rein over the project anyway, considering the target audience. But fans needn’t turn to the dark side in anger, as Jon Favreau’s bounty hunter-focused television series ‘The Mandalorian’ is still going ahead, meaning there’s always a new hope for this franchise.