Remember that time when Solo was about to hit theaters and then another rumor broke that kinda made nerds forget about the Ron Howard joint for a minute?
The hullabaloo was about a potential Boba Fett origin flick directed by James Mangold. Star Wars nation freaked out! (Well, the ones we care about. Those other trolls over there can suck a nerfherder.)
The thoughts of telling the bounty hunter’s story energized blogs and social media feeds everywhere. Whelp, there’s a disturbance in the force kids as Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has officially killed the Boba Fett movie.
Why? The Mandalorians are coming. The Mandalorians are coming.
The reported–and highly anticipated–upcoming Jon Favreau-executive produced made-for-TV movie is what we have been promised for years. That is, essentially, when we are done with the Skywalker era, Star Wars is moving to a galaxy far, far away.
Here’s the news, per SiriusXM’s Erick Weber:
Kathleen Kennedy just confirmed to me Boba Fett movie is 100% dead, 100% focusing on THE MANDALORIAN #StarWars
— 𝗘𝗪𝗲𝗯 (@ErickWeber) October 26, 2018
And this is good news!
And that, is the end of that. No more backstories. No more fear of the (lack of the) Force. The Queen Sarlacc has spoken, the ground opened up, and she devoured that rumor. Now, her attention is focused on this new toy, Disney Play.
Besides that, it seems Lucasfilm spent a good part of the summer talking (since they weren’t too busy counting ticket stubs thanks to Solo) about how they would roll out the future of the franchise.
Admit it: Before we had the chance to soak up in the lather of The Force Awakens, we were already talking about The Last Jedi. And then Solo was coming at light speed. It was impulsive. It was impatient. It was im… well, there’s no word for alliteration here. It was effin’ greed.
George Lucas made his first three films because he loved the idea. Then, he farted and fell down on his head. Hard. Then we met Jar Jar Binks. That notwithstanding, we need to get back to the love of the franchise.
Rogue One had it. The Force Awakens carried it. Many believe The Last Jedi dropped it, although we could easily debate that point for weeks. And now tons of nerds believe it looks like the Millennium Falcon left that love behind, although again, very debatable.
Don’t think for a second Kennedy isn’t in her lair peeking out from under robe staring at the Brinks truck backing up to the door down the hall. Marvel is a cash cow on Barry Bonds’ steroids! How does she get some of that action?
Do something DC and WB are too inept to do: Listen to the fans!
They want discovery. They want something unexpected but slightly familiar. They are getting Rian Johnson and a new trilogy. They are getting Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss with a trilogy of their own.
And now, we get Boba Fett’s kinfolk! It’s a combo platter and the masses are getting just what they desire. The future’s so bright, we gotta wear… well, whatever the hell the shades in his helmet is called.