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July 19, 2011 - 12:06 pm

Could a Boba Fett movie really happen? If it does, and if certain things happen the right way, it could be the best thing to happen to the Star Wars franchise since Battlefront. Or, it could continue to ruin a huge slice of my childhood.

[M]ight director Joe Johnston have the key to another film? Johnston, who is doing the press rounds for Captain America at the moment, told Screen Rant, “I’m trying to get George [Lucas] to make a feature based on Boba Fett.” When then asked if it’s a film he’d like to direct himself, he said, “I would like to. It would be a lot of fun.”

Now that’s all a long way away from the project happening, but until Johnston mentioned this, we didn’t even know it was a vague possibility.

For whatever reason — the wicked rocket pack on his back, the dents in his helmet, the way he just seemed to slither about the few scenes he was in — Boba Fett was the coolest SW character outside the main band of rebels, right up to the time he apparently got snarfed up by a giant sand worm. That character offers up a huge range of possibilities for spin-off stories and story lines. A movie featuring him could be to the movie side of the SW universe what Republic Commando was to the game side –  a grittier, fresher take and a chance to look at the universe between the Jedi and the Sith. Boba Fett makes for a very interesting anti-hero, or could. But Lucas can’t direct. I mean, he literally can’t direct. He gets zero in performance from even the great actors in his films (other than the pair who played Obi-Wan).

Boba Fett, if it happens (and it should), has to be helmed by someone other than Lucas or it will be yet another towering digital wall of wood. Boba Fett and the audience both deserve better than that.

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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