January 17, 2014
Director Joe Johnston Wanted For BOBA FETT Spin-Off Coming 2018?
A Boba Fett movie has been talked about since 2011, it actually came from the lips of his co-creator Joe Johnston (Honey I Shrunk The Kids, Rocketeer, Jurassic Park 3, Captain America: The First Avenger). He confirmed his plans to make the spin-off and mentioned a treatment existed at the time, we recently heard that Fett's second co-creator Larry Kasdan (Episode VII, Empire Strikes Back, Return of The Jedi, Raiders of The Lost Ark) is being tasked to script the project (via JonSchnepp).
LatinoReview is adding a few new details to what we've already heard about the spin-off. First, that Joe Johnston is indeed wanted for the director's chair, being at the top of the studio's wish-list, something I've been hearing since Joe first talked about it during Captain America press tours in 2011. Of course, things change and considering that LR is giving it a possible release date of 2018, it would allow time for Joe to direct another feature first.
To counter-act the prequels, the Boba Fett spin-off movie planned for 2018 has an interesting twist pitched by Episode VII writer Lawrence Kasdan: the spin-off will start with a complete stranger killing Boba Fett and taking his armor, starting a Man-With-No-Name bounty hunter tale. So: someone kills the Boba Fett from the prequels and takes his armor and name. One this is for certain is that Kasdan didn’t like the prequel and wants no Bobba Fett Clone in the spin-off film.
Sounds a lot like a Western and it sounds like it could restore a fan-favorite character that was totally a little boy with thousands of versions of his father running around. Or it could just be a lot of stupid rib-elbowing about this stranger doomed to fall into a Sarlaac pit in the most anti-climatic franchise exit ever.
Lastly I was told by 3 sources, reps etc, etc…(so call who ever you want) that Captain American director Joe Johnston is on top of the list to direct the spin-off, which makes sort of sense since he began his career as a concept artist and effects technician on the first Star Wars film. REMEMBER NOW before you all go and say he’s directing the project, I never said he has the job, just that he’s on top of the list, lets get that perfectly clear.
It was reported by THR that Joe is in talks to direct alien invasion flick Extinction. A project that could begin shooting before a possible 2016-2017 production start for Boba Fett. Johnston recently directed the indie-thriller Not Safe For Work, which has yet to land a release date. There had been some hope that Johnston would actually take the reigns of the Star Wars franchise before Abrams was hired, along with returning to the Jurassic Park universe with Jurassic World. There is still some question who will end up directing Indiana Jones 5, as Steven Spielberg could decided to walk if it turns out to be a reboot. Having Joe involved with the new era Star Wars universe, could be a great way to keep the connections to the original trilogy.
The details about killing-off the prequel clone, is yet to be confirmed by other sources but sounds interesting. Severing connections to the prequels is the right way to go with this spin-off, and it's a way to return the mysterious origin of the bounty hunter. This sort of sounds like the possible plot points of the cancelled Boba Fett video game, which had the title of 1313.