Well, it was a turbulent road to get here but finally, Disney has found the director for their rumored (now confirmed) Boba Fett Star Wars anthology film. James Mangold, director of Logan and Walk the Line, has been announced as both the writer and the director of the film.
The reveal comes as Disney and Lucasfilm prepare the wide release of the latest Star Wars standalone feature, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Solo, which opens Friday, is the second movie to be released apart from the main Star Wars line — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the first — but it is the first to focus on a particular character.
Lucasfilm is currently developing movies on a slew of characters including fan-favourite Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, which has Stephen Daldry in negotiations to direct although no writers working on a script.
It was previously rumored that Simon Kinberg, the writer-producer, and now director, behind the X-Men franchise and movies such as The Martian, was working on a BobaFett movie. It is unclear if the two projects are the same. Kinberg and Mangold are close, however, and the two worked on Logan, the X-Men spinoff that earned high praise last year as well as an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay.
Boba Fett was introduced in 1980’s Empire Strikes Back and then appeared in 1983’s Return of the Jedi as the silent but armor-clad mercenary who brings Han Solo to crime lord Jabba the Hutt. Despite having a helmet over his face, no lines and a very limited screen appearance that ended in his death, the character, with his jet pack and battle-scared armor, earned high praise and remained a favourite amongst Star Wars fans.
The George Lucas prequels showed his origin as a subplot but more importantly, his escapades were featured in various books, comics, animated series, video games and merchandizing. Jeremy Bulloch inhabited the character in the initial movies.
Details for the Boba Fett storyline are currently being kept under wraps.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter