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The Case for Joe Johnston to Direct a Boba Fett Anthology by Tim

With the recent news that Han Solo would be getting his own Anthology film, I’ve heard many people express concern that they won’t be getting their Fett Anthology.  I think this worry isn’t necessary, though–there are many possibilities for getting one.  First, we can’t forget that Disney isn’t going to stop making Star Wars films after Episode IX.  They didn’t buy Lucasfilm for just that and then they’re done.  There will be plenty more to come that they haven’t announced yet because, well, why would you announce a movie that isn’t going to be made for half a decade?  There are so many variables that could change between then and now, and it wouldn’t be wise to solidify your plans this far out.

Another way to do this is to have the Han Solo movie be based on the origin of the hostility between Fett and Solo.  Granted, Fett wouldn’t be the main focus of the film since it was announced as a Han Solo film, but he could still be heavily involved, based on what we know at this point.  These are just two speculative points, but who knows how it might work?

But here’s the point: when we finally get a Boba Fett movie, Joe Johnston needs to direct it.  Period.

For one thing, who better could you get than the man who made the character himself?  Fett was created by Johnston during his days at ILM.  He understands the unexplored areas of this character in ways others can’t.

That alone should be enough of a reason, but there’s more.  Johnston is a director, and a pretty good one at that.  His films include Hidalgo, Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, and Captain America: The First Avenger.  Completely forgetting his previous involvement in the Star Wars Universe, he would make a pretty good choice on directorial merit alone.  First look at Hidalgo.  Look at how it is directed in a desolate and gritty way without being an overly dark production.  Sounds like a potential direction for a Boba Fett movie, doesn’t it?  Look at how the survival element is portrayed.  Whether you liked the film or not, the directing job could work very well in this application.  Jurassic Park III was not an easy film to direct, since you would be following in the footsteps of Steven Spielberg.  But looking at the scenery and the way it’s depicted, Johnston did an excellent job of showing the “used” environment.  This is exactly the same type of environment that Boba Fett would be in.  Everything would be beaten-up, worn, and tested.  In Captain America: The First Avenger, the Marvel Cinematic Universe invited Johnston to helm one of the most strategically important films for them to build on.  It’s a sci-fi movie, but Hydra (the quasi-Nazi antagonist organization) is based in history, and the portrayal of the combined futuristic technology with that time in history is pulled off pretty well.  Once again, this is not too dissimilar from the style of a Fett movie.  Plus, the movie has a dark and underground quality about it, which would also fit.

How interesting would it be if whoever plays Han Solo in the Christopher Miller and Phil Lord movie appears in Fett’s–but with Fett as the protagonist of the film, how would we see Han?

Of course, it’s all just speculation as of now.  We technically don’t even have confirmation of a Boba Fett film yet.  But assuming there will be one, as most do, Joe Johnston would by far be the best choice for Kathleen Kennedy and co.


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Tim is a lifelong Star Wars geek. His favorite books are the Timothy Zahn Star Wars novels. If you say you don't like John Williams, JJ Abrams, or Brian Tyler, prepare to be corrected.
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