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Boba Fett spinoff on the way?

- January 8th, 2014

When Disney announced it was purchasing LucasFilm and was planning a new Star Wars trilogy, they also surprised everyone with news that they intended to make various spinoff films.

While no specific characters were confirmed, the popular assumption pointed to stories involving the bounty hunter Boba Fett, a young Han Solo or Jedi Master Yoda.

As you’ll remember, The Attack of the Clones prequel showed Fett as a young boy, who watched his father Jango Fett get decapitated by Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson). But the famous bounty hunter Boba Fett didn’t appear again until The Empire Strikes Back (the character showed up in The Clone Wars series and was digitally added to a revised version of A New Hope). His origins – at least in the official film canon – were never dealt with.

That now appears to be over with a solo Boba Fett film reportedly in the works.

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In a recent AMC Movie Talk, director Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse) confirmed that Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan is writing the solo Fett movie. “One of them is Boba Fett,” Schnepp said discussing the Star Wars spinoff movies. “It is. I know. I know for a fact. I will never reveal my source, but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan.”

Last year, EW speculated that a solo Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and Empire, or between Empire and Jedi.

Of course, nothing is official until Disney confirms it. But I for one am intrigued with the idea of a stand-alone Fett adventure.

Star Wars: Episode VII will begin filming this spring for release Dec. 18, 2015. Are you happy with the idea of a Fett spinoff? Sound off in the comments.

New video surfaces showing all-white Boba Fett

- July 2nd, 2013

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I’m a sucker for those all-white Miami Heat uniforms. So when I spotted this clip showing an early screen test for Boba Fett sporting some pearly armor, I was sold on the costume alone.

Turns out Joe Johnston’s original concept art included designs for an all-white version of the bounty hunter that tracks Han Solo down in The Empire Strikes Back. Ben Burtt, sound designer on Episode V, introduced the new character in the 1978 clip.

One interesting distinction, that wasn’t included in his final incarnation, was Johnston’s desire to have Fett wear the scalps of all his victims. “It would hang like a pigtail might,” Burtt says. “But these will be locks of hair of various enemies [Fett] has slain in the course of his mercenary duties.”

Burtt highlights various weapons, grappling hooks, projectiles and other characteristics of the prototype costume – all of which are kinda neat. Less cool, is the fact that Fett is using a Star Wars blanket as his cape in the scene. That comes near the end, though.

Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments below.

New ‘Star Wars’ movies every year starting in 2015

- April 17th, 2013

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So, good news if you’re a Star Wars fan. Disney has revealed it has big plans in store for the franchise.

Starting with 2015′s Episode VII, the company is planning a new film every year for at least five years.

Disney made the announcement at CinemaCon earlier today. The plan will see the company alternate between a new trilogy of films being kickstarted by J.J. Abrams and various spinoff pictures.

In February, Disney announced plans for standalone films focusing on a young Han Solo and Boba Fett.

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In addition to the Solo and Fett films, Ain’t it Cool reported that a standalone Yoda film is also in the works.

Episode VII will hit theatres in the summer of 2015 along with Avengers 2. So it will definitely be a busy summer for Disney, which owns both properties.

Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) is writing the screenplay for Episode VII, with Empire Strikes Back scribe, Lawrence Kasdan, and Simon Kinsberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past) writing the other two instalments.

Is this Star Wars overload or movie-going heaven? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Disney plans Han Solo and Boba Fett ‘Star Wars’ spin-offs

- February 6th, 2013

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Earlier this week, Disney announced that in addition to a new Star Wars trilogy, they plan on releasing a series of spin-off films as well.

Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger confirmed that Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) is scripting one of the films, with Simon Kinberg developing another.

Entertainment Weekly is now reporting that the proposed spin-off films will focus on Han Solo and Boba Fett.

According to EW.com, the film focusing on Han Solo will be set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope.

Solo, who was played by Harrison Ford in the films, has an extensive history outside of the film cannon. The character had his own prequel story told in The Han Solo Trilogy.

Solo’s adventures post-Return of the Jedi were also recounted in a series of books in which his son becomes a Sith lord.

Because the film would be following Solo as a younger man, it’s unlikely Harrison Ford would turn up unless writers toss a time travel curveball into the mix.

The Boba Fett spin-off is set to take place between Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Like Solo, Fett has an extensive storyline outside of his film appearances. The character pops up in The Clone Wars television program and stars in his own series of books.

Because of the timeframe of the proposed sequels, fans should expect to see Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Jabba the Hut in some capacity.

In addition to the Solo and Fett films, Ain’t it Cool reported that a standalone Yoda film is also in the works.

No release date for the spin-offs have been announced, but Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) is currently writing Episode VII, with J. J. Abrams directing.

That film is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.