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Disney signs Logan’s James Mangold to make a solo Boba Fett movie

Did you like Logan, the movie about Wolverine and Professor X at the end of their days but reinvigorated to save a little girl who could kick both their asses? Then maybe you will like a James Mangold directed movie about a simple man just trying to make his way in the universe.

Boba Fett, the mysterious bounty hunter who put Han Solo into Carbonite, will be the subject of his own standalone movie, Borys Kit reveals. 

James Mangold is writing and will direct a Star Wars standalone movie centered on Boba Fett, the feared bounty hunter and fan favorite character, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The reveal comes as Disney and Disney-owned Lucasfilm prepare the release of the latest Star Wars standalone movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Solo, which opens Friday, is the second movie to be spun from the main Star Wars line — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the first — but it is the first to focus on a particular character.

Fett has long been the subject of movie rumours – It was once said that Simon Kinberg was working on a solo Fett opus. In the movies,  Fett was revealed to be the genetic template for the clone army, and got much less mysterious, like everything George Lucas touched.

Whether these are two projects or one is not known – but I’m pretty sure there will only be one Boba Fett movie to start.

Mangold also made the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, the Tom Cruise action movie Knight and Day, and the Western 3:10 to Yuma. I predict he will be the kind of mature, stable with benefits director that Kathleen Kennedy will love. A little hipper than Opie, but not as out of control as the people who she fired.

As long as they hire a cool Maori actor to play Boba Fett I’m all good with it. (In the prequels, Fett was portrayed by Temuera Morrison as  Jango Fett, and Daniel Logan as young Boba.)

If all else fails they can adapt Evan Dorkin’s Eltingville Club classic “Bring Me The Head of Boba Fett,” thought by some to be the greatest fight scene in comics history.

 

An ObiWan solo movie is also in development.

Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.