5/26/2014

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch)
Here are all the reasons I know Gareth Edwards is directing the Star Wars Boba Fett movie. Last week I posted an article with the title "Boba Fett Director Announced." Drew of HitFlix.com yelled at me on Twitter saying I'm "100%" wrong. Well, I admit it's not official, but I don't think I'm 100% wrong. I think I'm 90% right and here's why. Drew is entitled to his opinion, but I don't want anyone accusing me of lying to you guys.

First, since I was accused of misleading my readers, I'm putting this disclaimer:

The following is pure speculation on my part and is completely based on unconfirmed rumors. The Geek Twins is not affiliated with Lucasfilm or Disney Studios. Tax, title and license extra. Please drink responsibly.


Here is the officially announced that Gareth Edwards is directing the Star Wars standalone movie slated for December 2016: 

Gareth Edwards and Gary Whitta Onboard for Star Wars Stand-Alone Film
In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016.

Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in Monsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year's smash hit Godzilla.
"Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life - join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited & honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm," said Edwards.

Gary Whitta's screenwriting credits include 2010'sThe Bookof Eli starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games' adaptation of The Walking Dead.

Whitta states, "From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me, so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I'm still pinching myself."

Those are the official facts from StarWars.com. Now, here are all the reasons I'm confident that Gareth Edwards is directing Star Wars: Boba Fett.

1. Boba Fett is One of the Standalone Movies
"There has been speculation about some standalone films that have been in development, and I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few stand-alone films," Iger told CNBC. Director John Schnepp said "One of them is Boba Fett. It is. I know. I know for a fact. I will never reveal my source, but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan."

2. Rumored Movie Schedule
A recent leak shows theBoba Fett film scheduled for 2016 which is the same time as Edwards' movie.

3. Boba Fett Movie Scheduled First
Entertainment Weekly reported that the Boba Fett movie is coming first followed by the Han Solo prequel.
Entertainment Weekly has learned details on two of the spin-off projects: A young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler's origin story, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue's gallery of galactic scum...The Boba Fett film would take place either between "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back," or between "Empire" and "Jedi", where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit.

4. Problems With Boba Fett Movie
Fan site Making Star Wars received several tips from a recent "executive breakfast" in the park.
Allegedly, the subject of a certain infamous Mandalorian was on the lips of many people mingling at the event. Particularly, their main concern was: "Lucasfilm wants Boba Fett to remain menacing and scary but we have to make him the hero of the film and it is a real challenge."
Why are they working so hard on it? Why don't we hear about them working on another film? Because it's the next one. This also leads to the next clue.

5. Boba Fett Writer Replaced
The rumor said that the Boba Fett movie is being written by Lawrence Kasdan, one of the writers of the original Star Wars movies. But the official announcement says the Edwards' movie is being written by Gary Whitta.

Does this prove Edwards isn't writing the Star Wars film? Nope. In fact, it proves it's the Boba Fett film. Because it says they're having so much trouble with the movie that they decided to hire another writer. Especially a writer skilled at writing about antiheroes.

6. The First Movie Should Be Boba Fett
Boba Fett makes sense as the first stand-alone film. He's the most popular character in Star Wars that we know nothing about. A well done stand-alone film could be brilliant. He's only on screen for about 20 minutes. He only said four lines in the original trilogy yet fans around the world want more Boba Fett. He's the perfect character to focus on first.

Do you think it's possible Gareth Edwards is directing the Boba Fett movie? Do you think he'd do a good job? Are you looking forward to a movie starring everyone's favorite bounty hunter?

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3 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Considering Edwards is a character driven director, yes, I think he could do it. He would know how to make Boba Fett human and accessible, and invoke our empathy.

Pat Dilloway said...

It seems very likely that the Boba Fett movie would be first, unless they keep having problems with it, in which case maybe they'd have to push it back.

DAVID WALSTON said...

Great points! You hit the nail on the head with associating Gareth Edwards with "writer skilled at writing about anti heroes." That was what Godzilla was all about.
I definitely would love to have Boba Fett be the first spin of film, and directed by Edwards.

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