Is trouble brewing at LucasFilm in terms of its upcoming Spin-Off movies? While Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to hit theaters in December of next year, it has often been reported, and only partially confirmed, that a standalone movie revolving around one of the big characters in the franchise would arrive May of 2016. There's no telling if that's still the case, but long rumored to be the first two spin-off movies are the Untitled Star Wars Boba Fett Spin-Off and the Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off.
Which one comes first? We don't know yet. But if we're to believe the latest rumor, we may be seeing iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett getting his movie later than sooner. Apparently Disney and LucasFilm are struggling with the fan favorite, as they aren't quite sure where his alliances should fall. Is he a good guy or a bad guy?
That's an interesting subject. One that is surely being discussed within the great halls of both Disney and Lucasfilm. Though the root of this rumor is suspect. According to untested site Making Star Wars, an exclusive breakfast took place at DisneyWorld in Florida, where Disney and LucasFilm executives held a meeting. There is no confirmation that this breakfast actually took place, so take that for what it is.
According to a staff member who talked to another staff member, who then passed the info onto a second cousin, the entire team is super excited about bringing Boba Fett to the big screen in his own movie. But they are unsure of his evil nature, and they want to make him the protagonist of the storyline, not the villain. One of the executives was overheard saying this:
"Lucasfilm wants Boba Fett to remain menacing and scary but we have to make him the hero of the film and it is a real challenge."
According to this report, LucasFilm is following the Marvel path in building its future sci-fi franchise. There just isn't a clear-cut precedence to bringing someone like Boba Fett into his own world. How do they go about making him empathetic? It's a problem George Lucas struggled with in terms of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and its two sequels.
Its unlikely that the Untitled Star Wars Boba Fett Spin-Off will follow the Star Wars: The Clone Wars character arc, especially since Simon Kinberg, who may write and direct the film, already explained that these spin-offs will only look to the original six films for inspiration. That is their canon. Everything else, including the animated series, falls into the expanded universe category.
This means we probably won't see a coming-of-age story for the Bounty Hunter. We've already heard that the story timeline take place somewhere within the original trilogy, which means Boba is already one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy.
Boba Fett's story as a hero or villain doesn't seem too challenging to figure out. He is, after all, modeled after Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name, specifically in For a Few Dollars More. Boba goes where the money is. He doesn't have an alliance. And he plays both sides. Audiences not only like that type of character if they have some sort of redemptive value; they also empathize with the archetype, because not everything is black and white.
We doubt his story is much of a struggle at all.