TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - May 25, 2018
When Disney first acquired Lucasfilm, a series of directors and writers were announced as having Star Wars projects in development. Among them was Josh Trank—hot off his successful directorial debut Chronicle—who was going to write and direct a Boba Fett movie, just as soon as he finished working on the Fantastic Four reboot.
Then he tarnished his reputation while working on Fant4stic, and Lucasfilm announced that they were no longer pursuing Trank's Star Wars film. The project seemed dead, admittedly for the better, until yesterday when Lucasfilm announced that the project had been revived.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Logan writer/director James Mangold is going to be making the Boba Fett spinoff movie, officially marking his transition to genre movies. Like Bryan Singer before him, Mangold once directed serious-minded indies—Heavy, Cop Land—and studio movies that won Oscars—Girl Interrupted, Walk the Line—but he's now a genre guy.
Don't get me wrong, Mangold is better than average when it comes to these things. Logan was obviously fantastic, but so was his first X-Men movie, 2013's The Wolverine. Well, maybe not fantastic, but certainly above average in the X-Men franchise. I just don't know that we need a Boba Fett movie.
A Star Wars movie opened last night, and for the first time in my life, I wasn't there to see it. I'm not averse to seeing Solo, I'm just in no hurry. Star Wars spinoff movies just seem... hackneyed to me, the character focused ones at least. They need to do more stuff like Rogue One, but more on the fringes of the established Star Wars universe.
Stop telling me where these characters I love came from. I will defer to Patton Oswalt to sum up everything that's wrong with the prequel concept, just port all of that over to the notion of Han Solo and Boba Fett origin films...
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