Boba Fett! Boba Fett! Where?
Not even 24 hours into the release of Solo, Lucasfilm and Disney announced one of their next upcoming projects: the long rumored Boba Fett film. The Mandalorian bounty hunter has long been a fan-favorite, and despite his very limited screen time, he’s on a crap ton of merch, so it makes sense that he’d be the next character to get a spin off. While there’s no real need for him to get a starring role (the mystery is pretty much gone after the prequel trilogy), the choice for the director is what has me really interested: James Mangold.
As the director of 3:10 To Yuma and Logan, Mangold has proven that he can provide his films with a very specific mood. He’s also proven that he can provide his films with a healthy amount of violence. While I do not believe for a second that Boba Fett will star in the first ever R Rated Star Wars film, I do think we’ll see a darker side to the galaxy far, far away that we got a small glimpse of in Solo. You don’t hire a guy like Mangold and expect a light and fun adventure.
But how did Mangold ever get involved in the first place? The director’s thoughts on current blockbusters is well known, so much so that it’s a surprise he even made The Wolverine and Logan in the first place. And after the extremely positive reception and being nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Logan, you’d think he’d have his choice of projects to do, so why Boba Fett? My hope is that he was approached by Lucasfilm to maybe make a movie for them, and he pitched them a bad ass western-style movie with Boba Fett as the main focus. But what probably happened was Disney and Lucasfilm showed up with a huge paycheck and the option of green lighting whatever passion project Mangold wants to make next. But the fact that a director like Mangold is involved is enough to get me excited (even though it’s another white dude helming one of these movies. I mean, Ava DuVernay is right there).
Lucasfilm and Disney are going to keep churning out Star Wars movies, whether there’s interest or not. Hell, Solo is proof enough alone. But if they’re going to insist on telling more spinoff stories, at least they are starting to hire interesting people to work on them. Of course, I said a similar thing back when Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired for Solo, and we all know how that turned out. But I have hope that Mangold, provided he’s allowed to finish it, could make a pretty cool Star Wars movie.