Star Wars Spin-off Rumor: Boba Fett Challenging to adapt into a protagonist.

We have a very minor rumor to share about Boba Fett from the Executive Breakfast that took place in Florida today at Disneyworld. While there still are things we haven’t been able to confirm from the breakfast, we did hear some chatter about what was discussed openly during the most important meal of the day.

This rumor was relayed by staff to other staff. So take it as you will. I have received a lot of direct messages requesting I share what we heard from the event. So I’m doing just that. I’m an enthusiastic Star Wars fan and I thought the info was fun to hear, just not highly notable. So I’m sharing it because I think if I enjoyed hearing it, you might too. I don’t expect this information to be perceived as groundbreaking news.

From what we have heard about the event, there was a lot of discussion about Boba Fett at the breakfast. The executives are apparently enthusiastic about the rocket man. There are some minor problems going forward with a film about a villain, however. The general problem with Boba Fett is how to use him effectively without ruining his evil essence to make him the protagonist of a Star Wars Spin-off film. The executive was overheard (paraphrased) as saying

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.

Lucasfilm is adapting the Marvel model for most of what they are doing but there isn’t a clear cut precedence for a Boba film to follow. So far, Marvel hasn’t been able to figure out how to make a villain into a hero while keeping the villain dangerous and evil outside of Loki’s antics through various Marvel films.

I don’t know, I think people would like a Loki film and a film where Boba Fett isn’t chipper and good. But I do see the problem with making bad guys into heroes who we are empathetic with. I would say that was a problem some fans had with Anakin Skywalker in the prequel trilogy. Pulling off an anti-hero can be a difficult yet wonderful thing when executed correctly. The thing I would like to add is that it seems to indicate the film might not take Boba’s character arc from The Clone Wars into account too much. By that, I suspect the film won’t be a coming of age story where we see Boba becoming the bounty hunter young Boba would become, but that rather, perhaps in the film he’s already the bounty hunter we saw in The Empire Strikes Back and the choice to go that way is what is proving to be a challenge.

That’s the gist of what we heard from the breakfast on the topic of spin-off films and Boba Fett.

  • Troy

    Here’s an idea instead of worrying about about how to make Boba Fett into a hero for a spin-off movie how about just NOT making a Boba Fett spin-off? Just devote all the time and resources into making a spin-off for a character a that actually deserves one? Just a thought.

    • Morgol

      Your thought sucks.

      • Bman the First

        Word. His thought is the suckiest suck ever to have sucked. Since Honey Boo Boo anyhow.

    • Mike Wadas

      How about making Boba Fett into just what he is, a Bounty Hunter! …and give the unmasked role to Jeremy Bullock! Forget the horrible prequels, make these films for the diehard fans…remember the Zahn trilogy…but use Star Wars lingo instead of Star Trek.

  • Fireballs

    Hope the story is after VI.

  • Elisa Ardell (@elfadell)

    They really don’t have to make him good, they just have to make him ‘better’ so to speak, than the antagonist in his movie. Who that is, well, I have no idea.

    I know the era is completely wrong, and I also know the EU isn’t really being acknowledged (LOL two strikes against his idea already!), but I’d love a re-imagining or, idea picking of some sort for the story “Boba Fett: Twin Engines of Destruction”.

    I’m hoping for good things, guess I’ll have to wait to see how everything comes together.

  • George

    I maintain that adapting Twin Engines of Destruction would be the best course of action. That would let Fett be ruthless but still be the protagonist.