James Mangold’s Boba Fett Movie is the Only “Star Wars” Spin-Off We’ve Ever Needed

Matthew Loffhagen
(Photo: Lucasfilm)

Boba Fett is one of the most interesting characters in the “Star Wars” saga.

He’s particularly intriguing because he’s still, after nearly thirty years, a complete non-entity. There’s an entire movie devoted to his backstory, and yet his entire role on-screen has involved lurking menacingly in the shadows.

Despite about twelve minutes of screen-time across the entire saga, Fett remains a fan favorite for two big reasons.

Firstly, his costume is absolutely awesome.

Boba Fett Comic
Source: Dark Horse

Secondly, a series of talented writers and artists turned the Mandalorian bounty hunter into a force to be reckoned with in “Star Wars” Expanded Universe novels and comics.

From “Tales of the Bounty Hunters” to literally anything by Karen Traviss, the old “Star Wars” canon beyond the movies was filled with the incredible exploits of this stoic bounty hunter. In many of these, he functions a lot like a weary old cowboy, gritting his teeth as he battles his way through a never-ending slew of opponents in a quest to capture his target.

The Mandalorian of Legend

The best Fett stories also explore his family as well. In the old canon, he has an estranged wife, a daughter, and even a granddaughter. He also reluctantly takes over leading the Mandalorian people, a culture which centers primarily around familial ties as part of their warrior culture.

All of that was swept away when Disney bought Lucasfilm. In the void left behind, many people have developed a less than complimentary view on Boba Fett.

Looking solely at his actions in the movies, he looks like a bit of an idiot. His death in “Return of the Jedi” is an ignoble one, as he bumps into a blind Han Solo before crashing head-first into Jabba’s barge and falling to his death.

So we now have a situation where fans of the old Expanded Universe lore absolutely adore Boba Fett, while many newcomers to “Star Wars” view him as a wasted character.

I am incredibly glad that James Mangold is coming to the rescue.

Honestly, I couldn’t possible have chosen a better director in all of Hollywood. Mangold has made many solid movies, but his biggest claim to fame at the moment is the superhero Western, “Logan”.

A movie about a gruff loner who is forced to embrace a complicated family?


Doing Boba Justice

I really hope that Mangold channels all of the creativity and inspiration that informed “Logan” through the “Star Wars” lens in order to make this movie.

A lot of people want to see the Obi-Wan standalone movie, but personally, I’d rather had a solid Fett film.

We already know that Obi-Wan is a badass. He’s proven that in four movies. Boba Fett has so much potential, but he’s never been given his due on the big screen.

So color me excited. James Mangold’s Boba Fett film is all I’ve ever wanted from the Disney Lucasfilm media machine.

Finally, the wider “Star Wars” fanbase will get the chance to see just how cool Boba Fett can be when handled well.

We don’t yet know whether this movie will be set before or after “Return of the Jedi”. Personally I’m hoping that it’ll involve a scene where Boba bursts out of the sarlacc as he travels on to new adventures.

He’s no good to me dead.