Though many already assumed as much, the standalone Boba Fett movie will not happen anytime soon.
The news initially came from Critics Choice Association’s Erick Weber, who also gave us this morning’s Namor update, but has since been confirmed by Deadline.
The film was originally thought to be the third of the initial “Star Wars Anthology” pictures announced back in 2014. At the time, the film was to be directed by Fantastic Four‘s Josh Trank, but that film’s dismal performance and reports of his behavior during its production lead to his dismissal. Following the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, word broke that The Wolverine‘s James Mangold was developing the film with a new approach. But in the wake of Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s less-than-stellar box office performance, Lucasfilm put the anthology series on hold.
According to Weber, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said the Boba Fett film was “100% dead” while the company is 100% behind Jon Favreau’s upcoming Star Wars television series The Mandalorian — a name we joked might end up becoming the title of Mangold’s Boba Fett film. Deadline confirmed with Lucasfilm that this is indeed the case.
The Mandalorian is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and will presumably leave Boba Fett digesting in the all-powerful Sarlacc. Favreau has said the show will feature all-new characters, but maybe Boba Fett impersonator Jodo Kast will still make an appearance, confounding the titular gunslinger.
The Mandalorian debuts on Disney’s unnamed streaming service sometime next year.
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