Lawrence Kasdan is working on the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VII with director J.J. Abrams. At the same time, Disney and Lucasfilm also brought Kasdan in as a creative consultant and screenwriter for an upcoming stand-alone, non-Episode Star Wars movie. These new movies would come out between the movies in the sequel trilogy, and, while part of the world, would have nothing to do with the on-going story or narrative of the trilogy. Although the studios have yet to announce what character will be at the center of the first spinoff, there has been a lot of rumors and speculation surrounding everyone’s favorite Mandelorian bounty hunter.
It looks like director and animator Jon Schnepp might have some information about the first of these offshoots. While on AMC Movie Talk’s 24-Hour Marathon For Philippines Disaster Relief, Schnepp revealed that Kasdan will write the first of these asides, and that it will center on fan-favorite badass Boba Fett. That’s right, a Boba Fett movie could be in the works. Schnepp said, “One of them is Boba Fett. It is. I know. I know for a fact. I will never reveal my source, but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan.” Check out the clip for yourself below. The spinoff talk begins at the 3:10 mark.
Schnepp is best known for his work on The Venture Bros and Metalocalypse for Cartoon Network, which also aired Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It’s likely that he does have reliable inside sources within the industry, but until Disney and Lucasfilm announce something official, treat this as the rumor that it is.
Since Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that two to three new Star Wars movies will be released every year, it’s no wonder that Lucasfilm is exploring many possibilities to create more content. It’s no secret that Boba Fett is one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars Saga, and co-creator Joe Johnston has expressed interest in one day making a movie about the Mandalorian bounty hunter. There were even early rumors about a possible Boba Fett movie back in November 2012, just one month after Disney bought Lucasfilm.
It was believed that Kasden was working on “scripts (that) could turn into official Episodes in the main Skywalker storyline, or they could form the basis for spinoffs focusing on side characters.” Other rumors proposed that a Boba Fett movie could take place some time between A New Hope and Return of the Jedi in the larger timeline.
While Boba Fett spinoff movie rumors will always persist, Disney and Lucasfilm are focused and putting all their attention on getting Star Wars: Episode VII off the ground for its December 2015 release date. Production will reportedly start this spring at Pinewood Studios in London, England. While no actors have been officially cast, there’s a long list of actors who are rumored to be up for roles. We should start hearing something more concrete reletively soon.
Do you think Boba Fett is a good fit for the first Star Wars spinoff?