Tuesday, May 05, 2015

‘Star Wars’ 2nd Anthology Film Will Be Boba Fett’s Origin Story

From thewrap, Josh Trank recently exited the Disney project, which will follow the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter

The next “Star Wars” anthology movie due in 2018 that recently lost director Josh Trank will be a Boba Fett origin story, confirming one of many rumors that have appeared online in the last several months,TheWrap has learned.

A representative for Disney had no comment.

Boba Fett is a Mandalorian warrior who was trained by his father-figure Jango Fett and became a notorious bounty hunter throughout the galaxy. His travels led him to work for the Empire, collaborate with Darth Vader and take assignments from figures such as Jabba the Hutt, for whom he once captured Han Solo.

The beloved character was primarily played by English actor Jeremy Bulloch in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”

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The first standalone anthology film will be Gareth Edwards‘ “Star Wars: Rogue One,” which will star Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed. That film follows a group of resistance fighters who unite for a daring mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

With rebel spies the focus of “Rogue One,” the next anthology film will explore the rich world of bounty hunters in the “Star Wars” galaxy.

Writer-producer Simon Kinberg has been closely involved in the creative process for the second anthology film, which is set in a separate movie universe that is not associated with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” or upcoming Episodes VIII and IX.

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Trank, who directed “Chronicle” and the new “Fantastic Four” movie, exited the untitled project on Friday afternoon, which he claimed was his decision. However, insiders have told TheWrap that Disney initiated the departure over concerns regarding what many have perceived as “erratic behavior” during the production of “Fantastic Four,” which was produced by Kinberg.

“After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path. I’ve put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities,” said Trank, who cited a nasty flu as the reason why he missed the Star Wars celebration in April, though insiders suggest that Disney asked him not to attend.

Disney and Lucasfilm czar Kathleen Kennedy will begin searching for a new director, who could very well be hired before “Rogue One” starts production this summer in advance of its December 2016 release.


Johnny Sweatpants said...

Weak. I could give 2 shits about a Boba Fett origin story. I don't want to see him in love. I don't want to see him as an angsty teenager etc.

I would much prefer a Cannonball Run-like plot with all of the bounty hunters from Empire.

JPX said...

I second that!

Octopunk said...

"...has been closely involved in the creative process for the second anthology film, which is set in a separate movie universe that is not associated with 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' or upcoming Episodes VIII and IX."

I'm a little off-put by "separate movie universe."

I know Ep VII is not sticking to the existing post-ROJ canon, and that's fine with me because I never read the books or comic books in which that stuff exists.

BUT I would rather they don't mess around with the existing moving-picture canon, and "separate movie universe" sounds like there might be some messing around going on. Or the writer didn't know to say "set in the past."

I third Johnny's idea.