We don’t need no stiiinking Fett flick . . .

Earlier this week Disney announced that it would produce several “standalone” Star Wars movies in addition to Episode 7, which will be directed by J.J. Abrams, and fans went “Boba Fett!” (Wot? No Ewoks or Jar Jar Binks movie?)

Since Disney bought the Star Wars franchise for about $4 billion it is only obvious that they would get some value for their money and milk it for what it’s worth. Fans should however think twice about what they want: they might just get it . . .

Boba Fett is one of those fictional characters that come off better the less one knows about him. Boba Fett, the Mandalorian bounty hunter, owes his cult status amongst Star Wars thanks to his brief appearance in Empire Strikes Back when Darth Vader hires him to bring in Han Solo. Fett’s appearances in Empire are tantalizing brief and enigmatic. He is indeed a man of mystery . . .

However, the more one learns of Boba Fett in the subsequent movies the less interesting he becomes. In Return of the Jedi, he is astoundingly easily defeated by a blind (!) Han Solo. Boba Fett is revealed to be a bit of a clumsy klutz, Woody Allen with a jetpack it seems!

In Attack of the Clones, we get to see the man behind the mask as he is revealed to be . . . a New Zealander (Daniel Logan)! Who would have guessed? In fact, Fett’s “origins” revealed in Attack of the Clones is a bit like discovering that Darth Vader used to be a whiney teenager – quite the letdown.

Sure, George Lucas is no longer around to make a mess of all things Star Wars and Boba Fett may be returned to his former intergalactic bad-asseedness in a standalone Boba Fett flick, but there is a reason is a why we never get to see the face behind Judge Dredd’s mask in the original comics. Do we really want to find out that Dredd is in fact Sylvester Stallone?


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  • Bolithio

    Well, there actually is a trilogy of books: “The Bounty Hunter Wars”. They are more or less all about Fett, the Hutts, and the corporations behind the galaxies war complex. They span the three classic ‘episodes’ with some filler between the movies. Spoiler: He doesn’t die in the sarlack pit! I havent read them for a while, but remember enjoying them. In the right hands, I could see good movie(s) come out of them… but a good story doesnt always make a good movie…

  • Chad

    The Han Solo Adventures books – Star’s End, Revenge, and Lost Legacy….those would make some great movies….if the right person is selected for Han Solo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/troy.roberts.9235 Troy Roberts

    LOL…I agree..He’s better off being “unknown”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/troy.roberts.9235 Troy Roberts

    At least they’re trying to keep the saga alive. In the lack of good syfy these days; this is better than nothing! I’ve always like vampire movies but…wow..I’m so over them now.

  • Scotterius

    Boba Fett became famous actually before the Empire Strikes Back movie as a special action figure available only after sending in ‘proof of purchases’ from Kenner’s Star Wars line. There was a controversy at the time as the toy arrived with the rocket launcher on his back actually non-functional. This generated a lot of interest at a time where any thing ‘Star Wars’ related was big news. This special figure was certainly where my interest in the character started.

  • Bolithio

    I thought fetts origin came from the TV cartoon in the late 70s…

  • dan

    Why do you assume a Boba Fett movie would have to be some kind of biography? One does not necessitate the other.

    A BOUNTY HUNTER movie right now would be a PERFECT start to the post-Lucas era. It involves no “old” actors (nobody will care if someone else plays Dengar), features characters every SW fans desperately loves, and wouldn’t touch any raw nerves (such as whether it’s a good idea to ditch the OT characters for newer, younger ones).

  • aidan

    All i can say on the subject is that the script needs to come from the writers at either bioware or obsidian (preferrably the latter). Unlike the “prelude” episodes, Knights of The Old Republic and the games that followed had a cognicent plot, characters you cared about and actually brought new fans to the star wars franchise.



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