January 3, 2014

RUMOR: Larry Kasdan Writing Joe Johnston's BOBA FETT Spin-Off?

We've been hearing rumblings of a Boba Fett spin-off since 2011, coming straight from the mouth of his creator Joe Johnston. Joe had mentioned the project during press interviews for Captain America: The First Avenger. It seemed that Johnston was serious about the project as he had showed a outline or first draft to Lucas, trying to get the spin-off made back then. Since that statement Joe exited both the Captain America and Jurassic Park franchises. Nothing says that Joe will be directing this movie, but since he created and design the character it's expected he'll be heavily involved.

It was confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm the studio was aiming to release spin-off films between the main episodic installments. Giving fans a Star Wars Universe film every year, what those would be wouldn't be entirely known. There had been rumblings and sources that pointed to Han Solo, Yoda and Fett prequels being serious contenders. The latter was taken more serious by myself, when 1313 (a sandbox prequel game centred around Boba Fett) was cancelled.

A trade also reported that Zack Snyder (Dawn of The Dead, 300, Watchmen, Man of Steel, Batman Vs Superman) had pitched a jedi-focused spin-off inspired by The Seven Samurai to Lucasfilm. Zack would double-up with Warner Bros. taking on Batman Vs Superman and possibly Justice League (if BVS isn't already that) in the future. I'd love it if they considered this one over a Solo or Yoda film, for the expected release date of second spin-off in 2018.

A new rumor coming from AMC could give the Boba Fett project new legs and become the first one to go into production. As an industry guest revealed that Larry Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Return of The Jedi, Raiders of The Lost Ark) is being tasked to write the film. Larry was recently hired along with Simon Kinberg to write Star Wars spin-offs and future episodes, but ultimately replaced Michael Arndt as the screenwriter on Episode VII.

The first spin-off is expected to be released sometime in 2016, so having a script in development at the moment would make sense and put the project on the right path to go into production likely in late 2014 or early 2015. The timeline of the project is unknown but a prequel is very likely. I'm sure that Larry is pretty much helping out Lucafilm outline their entire new features, since Kinberg is now busy at Fox with writing-producing Fantastic Four and X-Men: Apocalypse.


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