James Mangold In Talks To Do ‘Boba Fett’ Movie For Lucasfilm/Disney

He will write and direct the project.

The ever expanding media empire of Star Wars continues but with this bit of news, it might actually be of interest to nerds who claimed that their childhood was ruined after The Last Jedi last year (and The Force Awakens. And the prequels. And so on and so forth). The Hollywood Reporter has news that Logan director James Mangold will be in charge of a new spinoff within the franchise, this time of the ever iconic bounty hunter Boba Fett, the guy with the cool helmet, jetpack and devious little worm that tracked down Han Solo to Bespin. In more detail:

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.

THR also has some theories as to how Mangold got a hold of the project, mainly through producer Simon Kinberg, who the two worked together on Logan:

It was rumored that Simon Kinberg, the writer-producer behind the X-Men franchise and movies such as The Martian, was working on a Fett movie. It is unclear if the two projects are the same. Kinberg and Mangold are close, however, and the two worked on Logan, the X-Men spinoff that earned high praise last year.

Why my interest in the “Star Wars Stories” is pretty limited (contrast that with the main trilogy in which I am eagerly anticipating Episode IX and whatever the hell Rian Johnson is going to be doing in the future), this idea sounds all sorts of wonderful. Mangold has shown wonderful flexibility when it comes to working in different genres (he’s done Crime, Horror, Action, Drama, Western, etc.), so to see him do a space opera, especially with a hard edged character like this could be something up my alley. Here’s hoping he won’t be budding heads with the execs and fans on this one.